Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Port MOU to drive energy opportunities with Japan

    27/01/2023 2:00 PM
    • Premier witnesses signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Pilbara Ports Authority and Japan's Port of Himeji
    • MOU to help foster collaboration and explore opportunities in the renewable energy supply chain

    Premier Mark McGowan has today witnessed the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to boost renewable energy trade opportunities between Western Australia and Japan.


    The MOU between Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) and the Port of Himeji will support cooperation and knowledge exchange between the two ports on renewable energy and net zero carbon emission initiatives.


    The Port of Himeji, located in the western part of Japan, has strong trade relationships with Western Australia, importing Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), iron ore, oil, and salt from Pilbara ports.


    Premier McGowan is visiting Japan as part of a State Government mission to drive investment into WA's future industries.


    While in Japan, a delegation from the PPA will tour the Harima coastal area to learn about its carbon neutral port plan.


    This MOU further strengthens the Sister State relationship established between WA and Hyogo Prefecture in 1981.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "WA's ports are the lifeblood of our export industries and will play a key role as we embrace new low-carbon industries and opportunities.


    "The Pilbara has enormous growth potential in renewable hydrogen, ammonia and critical minerals - and this initiative today will help us to work with our Japanese trading partners to drive local jobs in the region."


    Comments attributed to Ports Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "The McGowan Government is committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, with PPA well positioned to provide renewable energy exports to not only Australia, but across the world.


    "With the Port of Himeji one of the largest importers of LNG exported from PPA ports, an opportunity was identified to explore port infrastructure and initiatives to support decarbonisation.


    "I look forward to seeing the collaboration and sharing of knowledge between the ports as we continue the transition to green energy."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Ports Minister's office - 6552 5500