Hydrogen energyProject Jemena Power to Gas Demonstration
This report documents the development, procurement, construction, commissioning and operation of this innovative green hydrogen demonstration project. It also discusses the lessons learnt through the project that will be relevant to stakeholders.
The outcomes of the project were all achieved and included:
- the overcoming of substantial project challenges, such as complying with complex legislative and regulatory hurdles for the injection of hydrogen into the gas network, implementing significant pipeline cleaning procedures to maintain high hydrogen purities and managing the project in light of the pandemic and the associated complications;
- the promotion of new industry standards and innovations, whereby the WSGHH facility was the first of its kind in Australia and involved the unprecedented blending of hydrogen gas in the natural gas network, as well as the establishment of industry-first safety and permitting processes for hydrogen systems;
- the advancing of the regulatory environment in Australia, where Jemena worked with the NSW Government to amend the legislative regime to include hydrogen gas under the Gas Supply Act and to develop the first distributor’s license for hydrogen in Australia, and;
- the effective collaboration with the community and project stakeholders, whereby over 100 commercial and 7 industrial stakeholders were engaged to evaluate the impacts that hydrogen gas would have on their processes.