APA Group is investigating the complete conversion of a high-pressure gas transmission pipeline to hydrogen, APGA CEO Steve Davies said.
The latest step forward in preparing for a net-zero energy system in Australia again demonstrates that the gas infrastructure sector is at the forefront of developing and building the hydrogen market.
“This is the first time such a project has been undertaken in Australia, and it is an exciting development,” Mr Davies said.
APA Group has announced a new agreement with Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers to undertake a pre-feasibility study on producing and transporting green hydrogen via APA’s Parmelia Gas Pipeline.
The study will build on work already undertaken to test the pipeline that suggests it will be suitable for 100 per cent hydrogen service.
AGIG is delivering green hydrogen to households in Adelaide through its demonstration plant at Tonsley Park, and Jemena is doing the same in Sydney through the Western Sydney Green Gas Project.
The electricity sector has enough of a task decarbonising its existing generation capacity. Gas delivers more energy to Australian homes and businesses than the electricity sector, and we can decarbonise gas faster than electricity can expand to take on huge new demand.
By leveraging existing infrastructure through projects such as the one announced last week, costs can be kept as low as possible, and disruptions to the community can be minimised by avoiding the need to build extensive networks of new infrastructure.