AGN expands hydrogen to QLD

Australian Gas Networks (AGN) has expanded its national hydrogen plan into its fourth Australian state.

As part of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), AGN is developing hydrogen projects across the nation with Queensland now becoming its fourth state.

The Queensland move will see the construction of a $4.2 million hydrogen plant in Gladstone, which will be the first renewable hydrogen facility able to deliver up to 100 per cent blended hydrogen across the city’s customer base.

Hydrogen Park Gladstone will produce approximately 20 kg of hydrogen per day using certified green power from a local power grid to then be blended into the gas network.

The facility will include a 175 kW polymer electrolyte membrane electrolyser, water demineralisation system and process cooling equipment with a modular design that can be scaled up in future to produce for Gladstone’s increasing needs.

The project is part of AGIG’s push to use zero-carbon hydrogen initiatives to decarbonise its operations and has attracted $1.78 million in funding from the Queensland Government’s Hydrogen Industry Development Fund.

AGN CEO Ben Wilson said AGN is proud to partner on this project with the Queensland Government, which has set a target to be an Australian leader in renewable hydrogen production by 2030.

“The project supports Gladstone’s vision to be a key hub for Queensland’s domestic and hydrogen export industry, just as it is for natural gas today,” said Mr Wilson.

“Queensland, and Australia as a whole, has the potential to be a renewable hydrogen superpower, with jobs and economic growth from supplying clean energy to regional and eventual metropolitan wide markets.

“The Gladstone plant can deliver a citywide proof-of-concept to enable implementation of blended hydrogen gas across regional cities in Australia.”

It is anticipated the plant construction will commence in November with commissioning by October 2021 and a fully operational system by December 2021.

For more information visit the AGN website.

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