The Hazer Commercial Demonstration Project (CDP) being constructed at Water Corporation’s Woodman Point Water Recovery Facility. Source: Hazer Group/Facebook
Market Herald logo

Subscribe

Be the first with the news that moves the market
  • Hazer Group (HZR) gives updates on the Hazer Commercial Demonstration Project
  • On 10 December 2021, a defect was identified in the reactor vessel being manufactured in China for the Hazer CDP Project
  • This piece of equipment is a specialised bespoke design, utilising an advanced alloy steel that is suitable for the temperature, pressure and process conditions
  • Hazer reviewed the cause of the manufacturing failure and determined improvements to the proposed manufacturing method and scope
  • The company expects the reactor will be completed and shipped for delivery to Australia around July 2022
  • Hazer Group (HZR) is down 9.4 per cent to $1.06 per share as of 1:08 pm AEDT

Hazer Group (HZR) updates progress on the Hazer Commercial Demonstration Project, currently under construction at the Woodman Point Water Recovery Facility in WA.

On 10 December 2021, a defect was identified in the reactor vessel being manufactured in China for the Hazer CDP Project, resulting in the vessel being unsuitable for use.

This piece of equipment is a specialised bespoke design, utilising advanced alloy steel that is suitable for the temperature, pressure and process conditions of the Hazer Process.

Following this event, the Hazer team, the company’s supplier and the manufacturing mill in China have reviewed the cause of the manufacturing failure and determined improvements to the proposed manufacturing method and scope.

Amongst other changes, Hazer has reduced the size of the proposed forging and will now manufacture the reactor in two sections which will be welded together in the final fitting.

This reduction in forging length will reduce the risk of the manufacturing defect encountered in the first manufacture being repeated.

Hazer has approved the remaking of the reactor vessel and expects that the reactor will be completed and shipped for delivery to Australia around July 2022, approximately six months later than the original schedule.

The CDP is a key step in demonstrating the scale-up and commercialization of the Hazer technology.

The project program includes a rigorous testing schedule that will demonstrate the continuous operation of the process with the full integration of all required sub-systems and derive the engineering data necessary to support the scale-up of the process.

The full operation of the project will demonstrate the safe continuous production of low-emission hydrogen and graphite.

The Hazer team has reviewed the program for the completion of the construction of the CDP, the commissioning plan and the proposed testing and operations program for the CDP to determine an optimised staged commissioning and testing process that reduces operational risk, and maximises the value of early data.

This testing program will be broken into multiple phases. The first phase will be carried out at reduced temperatures using a temporary carbon steel reactor.

Based on the current activities, the company expects that the completion of CDP construction and installation of the initial carbon steel cold reactor will be achieved by mid-2022.

The additional manufacturing activities and the inclusion of the carbon steel reactor to allow the staged commissioning of the project will result in additional costs of approximately $1 million.

With these additional costs and continued cost pressures due to strong demand for materials and resources in Western Australia, the company anticipates that the final completed cost of the project will be at the top end of our previously indicated range of $23 million to $25 million.

“We are determined to deliver a rigorous program that will allow the scale-up of our technology to accelerate to meet the increasing global demand for low carbon hydrogen, and solutions to the decarbonisation of heavy industrial processes,” CEO Geoff Ward said.

Hazer Group (HZR) is down 9.4 per cent to $1.06 per share as of 1:08 pm AEDT.

HZR by the numbers
More From The Market Herald
Countplus (ASX:CUP) - Incoming CEO, Hugh Humphrey

" Hugh Humphrey appointed CEO of Countplus (ASX:CUP)

Investment services company CountPlus (ASX:CUP) has appointed Hugh Humphrey as the company's CEO, effective July 1.

" ASX employee tests positive for Covid-19

The ASX says an employee has contracted Covid-19.

" ASIC launches official investigation into ASX market outage

The ASX has confirmed today it is officially under investigation from the Australian Securities and Investments…

" ASX sheds more light on last week’s market tech failure

The Australian Securities Exchange has shed some more light on the nature of last week's market…