Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) will soon commence construction on one of the most significant H2 production facilities in Australia – Hydrogen Park Murray Valley (HyP Murray Valley).
Expected to commence operations in mid-2025, the facility will produce renewable, carbon-free H2 by using renewable electricity to split water into H2 and pure oxygen through a process called electrolysis. Hydrogen Park Murray Valley will deliver an up to 10% H2 blend into the existing natural gas supply to over 40,000 customers in the Albury-Wodonga region. This project will demonstrate the low-carbon future of gas supply in Australia.
The facility will utilize a 10-megawatt electrolyzer, which is eight times the capacity of the largest operational electrolyzer in Australia, AGIG’s Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA). This is consistent with the ongoing delivery and scaling up of H2 infrastructure in Australia.
AGIG’s Chief Executive Officer, Craig de Laine said the project represented a key step forward in the energy transition.
“As an additional supply of carbon-free energy, renewable H2 has substantial potential to support Australia’s low-carbon objectives. Our HyP SA project, commissioned in May 2021, has been using excess renewable electricity to produce renewable H2, demonstrating the potential of H2 as well as highlighting the synergies that exist between renewable electricity and renewable gases."
“Now we’re deploying H2’s potential at a much larger scale as well as enabling broader opportunities for decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors across Victoria and New South Wales."
“Using H2 as part of our low-carbon energy tool kit, we can better deliver a low risk, stable and secure low-carbon future for customers. We are proud to bring these exciting renewable gas projects to life to support our communities, industry and governments to deliver on their low-carbon objectives."
“AGIG is committed to playing its part in supporting Australia’s climate objectives, which are aligned to our own low-carbon goals. We strongly believe that H2, and renewable gas more broadly, will be critical if we are to achieve our ambitious low-carbon targets. HyP Murray Valley and other projects like it are key to supporting that transition.”
HyP Murray Valley is supported by grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Victorian Government, with additional financial backing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
“We thank the Australian and Victorian Governments, all our key project partners and the local community of Albury-Wodonga for their strong support, as well as our own team who have been dedicated to the project,” said Mr. de Laine.
“AGIG owns a world-class gas distribution system across Australia, including in the Albury-Wodonga region, which HyP Murray Valley will supply. This reflects that most of our pipelines have already been upgraded to H2-compatible materials, which means that we can deliver renewable H2 to our customers safely, reliably and at little additional cost.”
The project is ideally located on the Hume Highway as a potential supply for future renewable H2 refueling stations along one of Australia’s busiest transport routes.
It is also co-located with North-East Water’s West Wodonga Wastewater Treatment Plant, which provides potential future synergies to use reclaimed water to produce renewable H2 in the future, and in turn for AGIG to provide North-East Water with the pure oxygen it requires in the wastewater treatment process.
The project aims to participate in Greenpower’s Renewable Gas Certification Pilot to create Renewable Gas Guarantee of Origin (RGGO) certificates, which will be used by global company Mars Petcare Australia to deliver on its own net-zero targets by 2040.