February 2019 NewsFlash - AGA

February 2019 NewsFlash

  • 28-02-2019

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AGA NewsFlash

Labor’s National Hydrogen Plan

Victorian Hydrogen Investment Program

Australian Standards – Distribution Rights

GTRC Scheme Rules

Standards Update

Labor’s National Hydrogen Plan

Hydrogen has been recognised as a new fuel source that could slash global carbon pollution and create a multi-billion dollar export industry for Australia, replacing polluting fossil fuels used in vehicles, homes and industry. Australia can produce green hydrogen from renewable energy at a competitive price which could facilitate the growth of a burgeoning global hydrogen market which the International Energy Agency estimates to be worth $215 billion by 2022.

In the lead up to the Federal election, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced Labor’s National Hydrogen Plan (NHP) which is claimed to ensure Australia becomes a world leader in hydrogen production and export. Labor has already pledged to double the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s current funding of $10 billion capital and has further pledged $1.14 billion will be directed to clean hydrogen development.

Japan and South Korea are two of Australia’s most important trading partners and have committed to transitioning their economies to clean hydrogen. Due to Australia’s low cost renewable energy and proximity to Asian markets, it is believed Australian produced hydrogen would be very cost competitive and would have the potential to create a massive Australian hydrogen industry.

Labor’s plan includes investments of:

* $1 billion of CEFC funding to support clean hydrogen.

* $90 million of ARENA’s investment budget to support the development and pre-commercial deployment of hydrogen technologies, as well as making hydrogen production, storage and transport a funding priority of the Australian Research Council.

* $40 million from the CEFC Clean Energy Innovation Fund to demonstration and development hydrogen technologies

* $10 million to establish hydrogen refuelling infrastructure across Australia.

* $3.0 million to establish the National Hydrogen Innovation Hub in Gladstone, Queensland which has the potential of becoming a major export hub for hydrogen.

Victorian Hydrogen Investment Program

The Victorian government has announced a $2 million Victorian Hydrogen Investment Program (VHIP) to boost the development of clean hydrogen energy technologies. The plan will help fund a number of activities across three activity streams and include a grants program intended to kickstart Victoria’s hydrogen sector. The three activity areas are:

1. Market testing – through the Request for Industry Submissions (RFIS) process, the Victorian Government will determine the current extent of market interest and opportunity for hydrogen, including status of potential projects. This process will inform future investment programs.

2. Policy development – in 2019, the Victorian Government will undertake stakeholder consultation through a Victorian Hydrogen Industry Development Discussion Paper. This will build a solid understanding of the sector’s primary drivers, barriers, opportunities for growth and other capabilities. The Discussion Paper will be used to create a Victorian Hydrogen Industry Development Plan (IDP).

3. Victorian Government Investment Program – funding to leverage hydrogen research, trials, pilots and demonstrations, creating a strong base of industry knowledge, skills and seed funding. The investment program will be based on the RFIS process and aligned with the IDP.

To read more about the VHIP or find out how to lodge an Application CLICK HERE

Australian Standards – Distribution Rights

Since 2003 SAI-Global has enjoyed exclusive rights to publish and distribute Australian Standards.  This has been a fairly contentious issue and some have  argued that an exclusive arrangement may not be the best model to deliver Standards to the community at the lowest possible cost.  Recently this issue was the subject of independent arbitration and Standards Australia won the right to enter into other commercially based distribution arrangements.

This is an exciting development and we congratulate Standards Australia for achieving this outcome which is expected to benefit all those who have cause to use Australian Standards.

You can read more about this by clicking here.

GTRC Scheme Rules for Gas Equipment Certification (Correction)

In our January 2019 AGA NewsFlash we included a list of items for the “Declaration of Conformity to Type” required to be provided by Certificate Holders in accordance with the GTRC Scheme Rules for Gas Equipment Certification (“The Rules”). 

The last item of the list was erroneously extracted by the superseded version of “The Rules” (Version 1), where the last item read as follows “The gas equipment is safe when normally used or foreseeably misused.”

This has been updated in the latest version of the “The Rules”, to read “The gas equipment is safe”.

‘The Rules’ can be downloaded by Clicking Here.

In view of this, the entire list of items for the Certificate Holder’s declaration includes the following:

* Suitable systems are in place to ensure hat gas equipment manufactured and supplied under coverage of an AGA Certificate conforms in every respect to the Certified Design.

* The markings on the gas equipment are consistent with information set out on the Certificate issued by AGA.

* The gas equipment meets the requirements of the standards to which it has been Certified.

* The gas equipment is safe.

If you have any questions about how these new regulatory requirements will affect your company, please contact your AGA Client Manager who will be pleased to assist.

Latest Standards Updates

Following from our September 2018 NewsFlash, the following Standards are currently being reviewed and updated as a result of the Safe & Connect Program. The purpose of these updates is to introduce the new “QCC with Type 21 internal thread” for LPG cylinder valves.

 AS 2473.2
Valves for compressed gas cylinders Outlet connections (threaded) and stem (inlet) threads
AS 4627
Quick-connect devices for gas
AS/NZS 1596
The storage and handling of LP Gas
AS/NZS 5601:1
Gas installations General installations
AS/NZS 5601.2
Gas installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes
AS 4621
Regulators for use with liquefied petroleum – Vapour phase
AS/NZS 5263:0
Gas appliances General Requirements
Gas appliances Domestic outdoor gas barbecues

The target date for updating these Standards is 01/01/2020.