Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Former Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry

    $2 million boost to kickstart hydrogen gas blending

    18/08/2021 6:05 AM
    • ATCO Australia awarded almost $2 million in second round of the McGowan Government's Renewable Hydrogen Fund
    • Grant to support capital works project to assist in decarbonising the Western Australian gas distribution network

    The McGowan Government is pushing ahead on its target to blend renewable hydrogen in the natural gas network with a $2 million grant for a major capital works project.


    The investment in ATCO Australia, which owns and operates the majority of the State's gas distribution network, is part of the McGowan Government's Renewable Hydrogen Fund and will help to reduce emissions from Western Australia's gas network. 


    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 10 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 McGowan Government providing a grant of $1.97 million.


    More information on the Renewable Hydrogen Fund is available at https://www.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "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.


    "Our hydrogen industry is expanding, diversifying our economy and creating jobs throughout the State."


    Minister's office - 6552 6200