AGIG to build 10MW green hydrogen production facility in Victoria
Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has announced the construction of Hydrogen Park Murray Valley (HyP Murray Valley) in the state of Victoria, which is considered as one of the most significant green hydrogen production projects in Australia at present.
Developed by Australian Gas Networks, HyP Murray Valley is a $53.2m project with funding contributions provided by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Victorian Government, with additional financial backing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). The 10-MW electrolyzer facility is expected to commence operations in mid 2025.
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 hydrogen has substantial potential to support Australia's low-carbon objectives. Now we're deploying hydrogen'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."
He quoted Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA) project commissioned in May 2021, which has been using excess renewable electricity to produce renewable hydrogen, to substantiate the potentials of hydrogen as well as highlighting the synergies that exist between renewable electricity and renewable gases.
AGIG is also planning for an another green hydrogen facility in the country - the Hydrogen Park Gladstone (HyP Gladstone). "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 hydrogen, 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", de Laine added.
Notably, HyP Murray Valley is said to be is ideally located on the Hume Highway as a potential supply for future renewable hydrogen refueling stations along one of Australia's busiest transport routes.