April 2019 NewsFlash - AGA

April 2019 NewsFlash

  • 30-04-2019

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AGA NewsFlash

GTRC Scheme Rules

Hydrogen Committee

LPG Cylinder Valve Connection

Standards Update

GTRC Scheme Rules –
Action Required

As advised in previous NewsFlashes, the Gas Technical Regulators Committee has published the GTRC Scheme Rules for Gas Equipment Certification (“The Rules”).

The “Rules” can be downloaded by Clicking Here

The new requirements introduced must be complied with by the set time frames summarised below:

  * All Certifications issued prior to 1st January 2019, must comply with ‘The Rules’ by 1st January 2020, and;

  * All new Certifications issued after 1st January 2019 must comply with ‘The Rules’.

To ensure the new requirements of “The Rules” are captured, we have recently sent notifications to all AGA Certificate Holders to request the following:

1. A completed and signed Declaration of Conformity Type to be provided to your AGA Client Manager to cover all current Certifications.

2. For Gas Appliances –Updated marking artwork which includes the Gas Compliance Mark and its position as per the GTRC Style Guide Found Here.

The “Rules” are called up in various state and territory legislation and accordingly, it is a legal requirement to supply the aforementioned as soon as possible. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact your AGA Client Manager.  

New Standards Committee ME-093 - Hydrogen Technologies

Standards Australia has constituted a new Technical Committee ME-093 Hydrogen Technologies with responsibilities for Standards development. This Committee will undertake work as the mirror Committee to ISO / TC197 “Hydrogen Technologies”. 

AGA Managing Director & CEO, Mr Chris Wealthy will represent AGA and its Members on this important Committee, the first meeting of which was held on 10 April 2019 in Sydney in which a number of issues related to Committee Administration and Governance were discussed along with the need for liaison with other related Standards Committees. Dedicated Working Groups were established to consider the various upstream aspects of hydrogen introduction as well as end-use utilisation. 

The Committee recognised that hydrogen end-use utilisation with respect to Type A appliances and complex Type B installations will be a critical influencing factor in many upstream issues including production, utilisation in the transport sector, storage and handling, transportation/delivery and distribution. The deliberations of ME-093 will help ensure that the option to transition to a low-carbon economy by the utilisation of hydrogen can be achieved safely and that the economic, environmental and social benefits can be fully realised.

LPG Cylinder valve connection update – Safe & Connect

As mentioned in our February 2019 NewsFlash, industry stakeholders have agreed to replace the current POL (Type 21) with the “QCC with Type 21 internal threaded valve”.

Specifically, the relevant international Standards which cover this connection include: 

Performance Requirements: UL 2061 (Standard for Adapters and Cylinder Connection Devices for Portable LP-Gas Cylinder Assemblies) or ANSI Z21.81/CSA 6.25 (Cylinder Connection Devices); and 

Thread dimensions: CGA V-1 (Standard for compressed gas cylinder valve outlet and inlet connections), in particular the CGA 791 connection.

To ensure a smooth transition, it was decided that the first step is to update relevant Standards, namely, AS 2473.2, AS 4627, AS/NZS 1596, AS/NZS 5601:1, AS/NZS 5601.2, AS 4621, AS/NZS 5263:0 and AS/NZS5263.1.7.  

While reviewing these Standards, it became apparent that AS 2473.1 (Valves for compressed gas cylinders – Part 1: Specifications, type testing, and manufacturing tests and inspections) will also need to be updated.

We have received a number of requests to update current Certifications to include the new connection. However, until the aforementioned Standards are published, we are not able to proceed with the updates. We will notify you as soon as a clear way forward is established to update the affected Certified Designs.

Please contact your AGA Client Manger for more information.

Latest Standards Updates

AS/NZS 5263.1.2 (Gas appliances, Part 1.2: Gas fired water heaters for hot water supply and/or central heating)

Public comment ending on 12th June 2019

AS/NZS 5263.1.6 (Gas appliances, Part 1.6: Indirect gas-fired ducted air heaters)Public comment ending on 26th June 2019

If you would like to submit any comments, you may forward them to our Group Manager, Technical Operations, Mr Bill (Vasilios) Tabourlos [btabourlos@aga.asn.au], or directly through the Standards Australia website: Click Here