AUSTRALIAN Gas Networks (AGN) has expanded its national hydrogen push into Queensland.

The move will see the establishment of AGN’s $4.2 million hydrogen plant in Gladstone, on the State’s central coast. AGN is part of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), and now sees hydrogen projects being developed across four Australian States.

The Gladstone plant will be Australia’s first renewable hydrogen production facility able to deliver up to 10% blended hydrogen across the city’s total 770 residential, small commercial and industrial customer base.

The project – part of AGIG’s push to use zero-carbon hydrogen initiatives to decarbonise its operations – has attracted $1.78 million in grant funding from the Queensland Government’s $15 million Hydrogen Industry Development Fund (HIDF).

Australian Gas Network’s CEO, Ben Wilson, said Gladstone is already home to Queensland and Australia’s east coast LNG production, processing and export industry.

He said the entry of hydrogen as another local energy arm will generate new job, education, workplace training and regional economic growth opportunities.

It is anticipated that plant construction will commence in November this year with commissioning by October next year with the plant becoming fully operational in December, 2021.

“Australian Gas Networks, part of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, is proud to partner with the Queensland Government on this ground breaking project. Gladstone will become the first entire city in Australia to be on a blend of natural gas and hydrogen,” Mr Wilson said.

“The project supports Gladstone’s vision to be a key hub for Queensland’s domestic and hydrogen export industry, just as it is for natural gas today.

“Queensland, and Australia as a whole, has the potential to be a renewable hydrogen superpower, with jobs and economic growth from supplying clean energy to regional and eventual metropolitan wide markets. The Gladstone plant can deliver a citywide proof-of-concept to enable implementation of blended hydrogen gas across regional cities in Australia.

“Domestically, zero-carbon hydrogen offers a pathway to zero emissions from our gas networks and also for transport, in particular, heavy haulage. AGIG is a leading player in this transition with hydrogen projects now underway in four Australian states, including SA, Victoria and Western Australia.”

The Queensland Government has set a target of 2030 to be an Australian leader in renewable hydrogen production.