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.
“We are working with industry to establish Western Australia as a leading producer, user and exporter of renewable hydrogen,” Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan said.
“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.”