March 2024 NewsFlash - AGA

March 2024 NewsFlash

  • 31-03-2024

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AGA NewsFlash

Hydrogen Park Adelaide

ACCC Recalls

10% Green Hydrogen Blend in South Australia

Standards Update

Hydrogen Park Adelaide

The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has unveiled plans for Australis’s most extensive renewable gas project to date dubbed Hydrogen Park Adelaide (HyP Adelaide). The project was spotlighted by AGIG’s Head of Renewable Gas Development, Vikram Singh, in a keynote address at the SAHy2024 Conference held in Adelaide last month.

HyP Adelaide is poised to set a new benchmark in renewable energy innovation with a 60 MW renewable hydrogen production facility. It is located at SA Water’s Bolivar wastewater treatment plant and with plans to generate up to 700 TJ of renewable hydrogen annually. This initiative builds upon the foundations laid by earlier projects, including Hydrogen Park South Australia and Hydrogen Park Murray Valley, leveraging their accumulated expertise and experiences.

Pending technical approvals HyP Adelaide aims to revolutionise Adelaide’s gas networks. The plan includes blending up to 20% of renewable hydrogen by volume with natural gas to be reticulated to over 350,000 homes. This initiative signifies a substantial scale up in renewable gas production and it also highlights the role renewable hydrogen can play in decarbonising our industry.

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ACCC Recalls

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and AGA met in March to discuss the recall process in Australia. The ACCC shared guidelines based on research and previous recall experiences, which are aligned with Australian Consumer Law obligations with the goal of better ensuring consumer safety.

Key Points of the Process Include:

Immediate Notification: Suppliers must inform the ACCC within two days of initiating a recall for safety reasons and extend these notifications to overseas partners promptly.

Definition of Recall Actions: This includes removing products from sale, requesting returns for refunds or replacements, and providing new safety instructions.

Recall Triggers: Products that pose injury risks, fail to meet safety standards, or are banned under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) must be recalled.

Risk Assessment: Suppliers should maintain quality assurance, be proactive in monitoring product feedback, and assess potential risks diligently.

ACCC’s Recommendations for Manufacturers and Suppliers:

Prompt Recall Initiation: Don’t delay recall actions or consumer notifications.

Leadership in Recalls: Typically, manufacturers or importers should lead recalls, with clear communication strategies for consumers.

Risk Identification: Accurately identify affected products and halt their sale immediately.

Effective Remedies: Choose remedies that directly address safety hazards, in line with consumer guarantees under the ACL.

Streamline the Remedy Process: Ensure the process for consumers to obtain a remedy is simple and straightforward.

Clear Communication: Use direct and varied communication channels to inform all stakeholders effectively.

Ongoing Monitoring: Track the effectiveness of the recall and adjust strategies as necessary.

Recall Completion: A recall is concluded when the risk to consumers is adequately mitigated, with ongoing monitoring for any further issues.

The ACCC underscores the importance of these guidelines as both a response and preventive measure, urging manufacturers to prioritise safety, quality, and risk management in their operations. Please CLICK HERE for more information. 

10% Green Hydrogen Blend in South Australia

The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) is now delivering a 10% blend of renewable hydrogen with natural gas. The blend is supplied to around 4,000 homes and businesses and is part of AGIG’s Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA) in Tonsley Innovation District project. The increase from a 5% to a 10% blend is a significant making it the highest concentration of hydrogen-blended gas in Australia.

This initiative is part of South Australia’s efforts to lead in the hydrogen industry and move towards sustainable energy solutions.

For more information on this project please click the following link CLICK HERE .

Latest Standards Updates

AS/NZS 5263.1.10:2019 Amd 1:2024 – Gas appliances, Part 1.10: Gas direct fired air heaters was published on the 28 March 2024

AS/NZS 5263.1.11:2020 Amd 1:2024 – Gas appliances, Part 1.11: Small gas engine driven appliances was published on the 22 March 2024

AS/NZS 5263.1.7:2020 Amd 1:2024 – Gas appliances, Part 1.7: Domestic outdoor gas cooking appliances was published on 22 March 2024

AS/NZS 5263.1.4:2017 Amd 1:2024 – Gas Appliances, Part 1.4: Radiant gas heaters was published on 22 March 2024

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