The Western Australian Government has provided a $2 million grant to a major capital works project as part of its Renewable Hydrogen Fund, which is supporting the blending of renewable hydrogen in the natural gas network.
The investment in ATCO Australia, which owns and operates the majority of the state’s gas distribution network, is set to help reduce emissions from Western Australia’s gas network.
Western Australia Hydrogen Industry Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, said, “We are working with industry to establish Western Australia as a leading producer, user and exporter of renewable hydrogen.
“Blending renewable hydrogen into the gas network reduces emissions from household gas use, and will help to build domestic demand for renewable hydrogen.”
Renewable hydrogen produced at ATCO’s Clean Energy Innovation Hub in Jandakot will be blended into isolated sections of the natural gas distribution network.
The project aims to blend up to ten per cent hydrogen into the network to meet 2022 targets in the WA Renewable Hydrogen Strategy.
This project will be the largest of its kind in Australia at around 2,500 connections.
The total cost of the project is $2.6 million, with the Western Australian Government providing a grant of $1.97 million.
More information on the Renewable Hydrogen Fund is available at www.wa.gov.au.