February 2024 NewsFlash - AGA

February 2024 NewsFlash

  • 17-03-2024

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AGA NewsFlash


Geelong Launches Hydrogen Fuel Station

Safety Critical Testing

Standards Update


As Australia’s hydrogen industry expands, establishing rigorous standards becomes more and more important to ensuring that products and facilities are safe and fit-for-purpose. The move towards standardisation is vital in providing businesses and consumers alike with a greater sense of security and trust in the growing sector. This is why HyStandards has been developed, a collaborative effort by Standards Australia and CSIRO which streamlines the identification of relevant hydrogen standards through a user-friendly platform.

Key Features of HyStandards:
* Visual Representation of Hydrogen Facilities: HyStandards uses visual scenarios of hydrogen facilities to simplify the process of identifying relevant standards.

* Interactive User Experience: Users can interact with various parts of each scenario to view a list of applicable standards, complete with descriptions and links for purchase.

*Comprehensive Coverage: The platform includes Australian standards alongside a variety of regional and international standards, advising users to refer to Australian regulations in case of any discrepancies.

*Periodic Updates: Standards are updated regularly, ensuring that the information provided reflects the most current documents.

*Feedback and Expansion: HyStandards is open to adding additional scenarios based on user feedback, indicating a commitment to continuous improvement and responsiveness to industry needs.

As part of CSIRO’s Hydrogen Knowledge Centre, HyStandards underscores the broader mission to support Australia’s transition to a low emissions future through the development of a clean hydrogen industry. By targeting a reduction in hydrogen costs and scaling up demand, the initiative seeks to create a more secure and resilient energy system.
Please go to https://research.csiro.au/hylearning/about/ to read more.

Geelong To Launche Hydrogen Fuel Station

Geelong, Victoria has become Australia’s next city for pushing clean green energy. A new publicly assessable service station developed by Viva Energy Australia has recently begun construction which will include both fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) charging and hydrogen refueling– a first for Australia. The project will cost $43.3 million where the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) provided funds for $22.8 million and the Victorian Government adding $1 million to the project.

As part of this project, the site will be supported by a 2.5MW electrolyser with a capacity to produce up to 1000kg of green hydrogen per day as well as adding a fleet of 15 commercial hydrogen fuel cell electrical vehicles. The service station, New Energies will be located in close proximity along the Princes Highway and is designed to utilize recycled water from Barwon Water’s Northern Water Plant. This will feed in the electrolyser to produce green hydrogen where it will be compressed and stored onsite for dispensing. This hydrogen refueling station will provide fuel cell vehicles around 480 to 640 kilometers in range with just three to five minutes of refueling.

This project is the start to a new ambitious goal for Australia with hopes to catalyze a network of hydrogen refueling stations from Geelong to Sydney and through to Brisbane. The support in funding for this project is reinforcing Victoria with the use of hydrogen as an important zero emission solution especially within the transport industry. 

Safety Critical Testing

As a reminder to our Members and Certificate Holders and as mentioned in previous NewsFlashes, the Gas Technical Regulators Committee (GTRC) introduced additional post-certification testing requirements for high-risk gas equipment in June 2022, which are defined in Version 4 of The Rules and the GTRC High Risk Equipment Safety Critical Testing document. These documents are available at:

Gas Scheme Rules


High Risk Equipment Safety Critical Testing 

There is only 3 months remaining for the mandatory 2-year cycle period for testing, and it’s essential to meet this new regulatory requirement. We appreciate the Members and Certificate Holders who have responded to our request for testing, which is required to be carried out during this 2-year period. 

If you have any queries, please contact your AGA Client Manager, or you can email us at office@aga.asn.au.

Once again, thank you to all those who have already responded to our request for testing. We appreciate your cooperation in helping to ensure safety and compliance in the gas industry.

Latest Standards Updates

AS 4563:2022 Amd 1 – Commercial catering gas equipment is out for public comment until 27 March 2023

If you would like to submit any comments, you may forward them directly through to Standards Australia – See following guide: Click Here 

The following Standards were published on the 8th March 2024:

AS 4617:2018 Amd 2:2024 – Manually operated gas valves

AS 4621:2019 Amd 2:2024 – Regulator for use with liquefied petroleum – Vapour phase

AS 4627:2017 Amd 3:2024 – Quick-connect devices for gas

Please contact your AGA Client Manager if your Certifications are affected.