Australian Gas Networks (AGN) – part of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has officially opened its $14.5 million hydrogen production facility Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA) and commenced blending renewable hydrogen into part of its natural gas distribution network in Adelaide, South Australia.
The facility, located south of Adelaide at Tonsley Innovation District, was formally opened today by the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Steven Marshall MP with the Minister for Energy and Mining, the Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, amongst a number of distinguished guests.
At HyP SA, a proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser uses renewable electricity (solar and wind) to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. AGN will blend approximately 5% renewable hydrogen into its existing natural gas distribution network to deliver a blended gas to more than 700 homes in parts of the Adelaide suburb of Mitchell Park.
AGN received a $4.9 million grant from the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund to build and operate the project.
Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said “with our abundant renewable energy resources South Australia is well placed to become a world-class producer, supplier and exporter of green hydrogen and projects such as HyP SA are key to demonstrating our leadership in this exciting industry.
AGIG Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ben Wilson said the successful completion of HyP SA is an important milestone in South Australia’s renewable gas journey and reflected widening community recognition of hydrogen’s significant benefits.
“At AGIG, we are investing in the long-term interests of our customers and the environment, with HyP SA providing the template for the conversion of our entire gas network to safely and efficiently distribute renewable hydrogen to our customers. We are now focused on developing plans to deliver a complete carbon-free gas supply for our customers,” Mr Wilson said.
Local resident, Jack was also excited about the project. “As a long-time Mitchell Park resident and gas user, I’m proud to be one of the first to receive renewable gas. Since finding out about the project, I’ve been interested in learning more about the project and the benefits of blended renewable gas and look forward to seeing where it all goes in the future” he said.
The HyP SA facility also includes tube trailer refilling infrastructure to supply renewable hydrogen to industry across South Australia via road transport with project partner BOC, a subsidiary of Linde plc.
HyP SA is capable of producing approximately 175 tonnes of hydrogen per annum, equal to the total gas use of around 1,500 South Australian homes, or tens of thousands of homes on a blended gas basis.
HyP SA is also the first of several renewable hydrogen projects AGIG is developing around Australia.
AGIG has announced plans for a similar plant in Gladstone, Queensland; is developing detailed plans to blend between 10% and 100% renewable hydrogen into gas networks in both South Australia and Victoria through the Australian Hydrogen Centre; and is assessing how hydrogen can be introduced into the Dampier to Bunbury natural gas transmission pipeline in Western Australia.
Additionally, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently awarded two AGIG projects funding as part of the Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round. Hydrogen Park Murray Valley – partnering with ENGIE – in Wodonga, Victoria and the Clean Energy Innovation Park – partnering with ATCO Australia – in Warradarge, Western Australia are both 10MW projects that will look to blend into gas distribution networks as well as supply industry and transport.