A pioneering renewable gas production facility being developed in Adelaide at Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA) has recently celebrated a significant milestone, with the first production of renewable hydrogen taking place during the commissioning of its key component, a 1.25 MW electrolyser.
Project developer, Australian Gas Networks (AGN) – part of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) – has welcomed this as both AGIG and South Australia’s first-ever production of renewable hydrogen, in line with their aligned vision to develop this exciting future industry.
Construction at the A$11.4m plant at the Tonsley Innovation District, which attracted a A$4.9m grant from the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund, has been underway since late 2019 marked by a groundbreaking ceremony attended by the Premier of South Australia the Hon Steven Marshall MP.
AGIG’s Chief Executive Officer, Ben Wilson, said today that the milestone is particularly commended noting the significant efforts of all key stakeholders to progress works at the site despite the challenges to travel and supply chains presented by COVID-19.
“The safe achievement of renewable hydrogen production during commissioning on site despite a sustained period of challenges during COVID-19 is a visible measure of our Group’s commitment to investing in the long-term interests of our customers and the environment,” said Mr Wilson.
“I’d like to thank all of our partners for doing everything possible to ensure continued project development on site, including the installation and commissioning of the Siemens 1.25MW electrolyser by local, interstate and overseas staff”.
“In consultation with our partners, the South Australian Government, construction lead Valmec, and electrolyser supplier Siemens, the challenges of COVID-19 during commissioning, with technical staff from overseas and interstate has pushed back our schedule and we have made the decision to pause the final stages of commissioning until after the Christmas season. This would allow those personnel to take time and meet any mandatory quarantine requirements to travel back home”.
“This decision means we have reforecast our aim to deliver Australia’s first renewable gas blend to households from 2020 to the first quarter of 2021 and we look forward to resuming the final stages of commissioning in early 2021″.
Once operational, more than 700 residences in parts of the Adelaide suburb of Mitchell Park will be the first recipients of the plant’s blended 5% renewable gas.
AGIG has already announced plans for a similar plant in Gladstone, Queensland; is developing detailed plans to introduce hydrogen into gas networks in both Victoria and South Australia through the Australian Hydrogen Centre; and has Western Australian Government backing to assess how hydrogen can be introduced into the AGIG-operated Dampier to Bunbury natural gas pipeline in Western Australia.
AGN owns gas distribution networks across Australia, including networks in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland as well as Wagga Wagga and Albury in regional NSW. AGN delivers gas to around 1.3 million homes and businesses.
Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has more than 2 million customers across every mainland state and the Northern Territory, 34,600km of gas distribution networks, more than 4,400km of gas transmission pipelines, 60 petajoules of gas storage capacity and remote power generation. AGIG’s vision is to be the leading gas infrastructure business in Australia – by delivering for customers, being a good employer, and being sustainably cost efficient.
In 2017, Australian Gas Networks (AGN), Dampier to Bunbury Pipeline (DBP) and Multinet Gas Networks (MGN) came together to form AGIG. The combined distribution, transmission and storage assets make AGIG one of the largest gas infrastructure businesses in Australia.