May 2019 NewsFlash - AGA - National Hydrogen Strategy

May 2019 NewsFlash

  • 31-05-2019

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National Hydrogen Strategy

GTRC Scheme Rules

Renewable Gas

AGIG backing hydrogen

Standards Update

National Hydrogen Strategy

In August 2018 Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO submitted a briefing paper titled “Hydrogen for Australia’s Future” to the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, Commonwealth Minister for Environment and Energy and COAG Energy Council Ministers.  This paper outlined the benefits and opportunities for hydrogen energy export, the domestic economy and domestic energy system resilience.  The COAG Ministers subsequently asked the Chief Scientist to prepare a “Proposal for a National Hydrogen Strategy” which was submitted to COAG in December 2018.

Dr Finkel was then asked to draft a National Hydrogen Strategy which would be considered at the December meeting of COAG Ministers. The Hydrogen Working Group chaired by the Chief Scientist was established to develop a National Hydrogen Strategy to:

* Develop the national strategy

* Coordinate the approach to projects that support hydrogen industry development

As input into the development of Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy, CSIRO is developing a supplementary report to its 2018 National Hydrogen Roadmap which focused on identifying the opportunities for research, development and demonstration (RD&D) to enable an Australian hydrogen industry.

As with the Hydrogen Roadmap, development of this report will be highly collaborative and will involve thought leaders in hydrogen energy from academia, industry and government. CSIRO hosted two launch events the first of which was held on 3rd May 2019 at Melbourne University and the second on 9th May 2019 at Australian Resources Research Centre in Perth. The purpose of these events was to:

* Provide an overview of the scope of the CSIRO Hydrogen RD&D Priorities report

* Share the project plan and milestones

* Highlight opportunities for involvement in report development.

AGA is a keen supporter of these initiatives and hopes to be able to contribute to the development of CSIRO’s report.

Of course, we will keep you posted as these processes progress.

GTRC Scheme Rules UPDATE

In addition to our previous advice and information regarding the GTRC Scheme Rules, further clarification is provided regarding the following:

The Declaration of Conformity to Type

As already advised, Certificate Holders are now required to complete and provide a “Declaration of Conformity to Type” as outlined in ‘The Rules’ which must include the following information:

* Suitable systems are in place to ensure that 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.

Certificate Holders can prepare a declaration to be in line with the example set out in the GTRC Scheme Rules and submit the completed and signed copy to AGA. Otherwise, please ask your AGA Client Manager to provide you with a standard AGA form prepared for your convenience.

Please also note the following:

* All current Certifications, and new 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‘.

Gas Compliance Mark (GCM) marking for New Zealand

As mentioned in previous NewsFlashes, all gas appliances must be include the GCM marking in accordance with the GCM Style Guide. It has been brought to our attention that New Zealand do not accept all versions of the GCM as displayed in the guide. In particular, the GCM with white on black is not accepted in New Zealand. For clarity, see below the GCM versions which are acceptable in New Zealand and the crossed out versions are not acceptable.  


Renewable Gas in Australia Symposium

Energy Networks Australia and Bioenergy Australia are hosting the Renewable Gas in Australia Symposium to discuss emerging innovations and research in hydrogen and biogas.

The one-day symposium will leave you with an understanding of what projects and case studies exist, how a biogas or hydrogen project may suit your business, the drivers pushing businesses to consider gas creation and injection and policy mechanisms needed. The event will also showcase how Australia could follow the lead and learn lessons from other countries who have capitalised on this opportunity.

This event is a must attend for the gas pipeline owners and operators, gas distributors, federal, state and local government representatives in the waste, agriculture and energy sector, biogas and hydrogen producers and technology suppliers, engineers and project developers, investors and financial institutions, large waste producing industries such as pork, dairy, water treatment, agriculture, landfill, food processing and manufacturing.

The event will not only leave you with a good overview, it will also address the technical aspects of creating and injecting biogas through the launch of the  Biogas Opportunities for Australia report supported by Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), Energy Networks Australia, Bioenergy Australia and the International Energy Agency – Bioenergy.

The symposium is designed to intensify relationships and connect opinion leaders, influencers, stakeholders and enablers to strengthen the opportunity to  decarbonise the gas network through driving commercial projects.

Event Info – link:


AGIG backing hydrogen

The Chief Executive of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), Mr Ben Wilson, announced that hydrogen had significant potential as a fuel to help lower Australia’s carbon footprint.

Mr Wilson was speaking at at the opening of the Tanami Power Project in the Northern Territory. Please Click Here to link to the Australian Pipeliner for the full article. 

Latest Standards Updates

Published Standards

AS 4618:2019 (Gas appliance regulators) and AS 4621:2019 (Regulators for use with liquefied petroleum – Vapour phase) have both been published on 14th May 2019.

Please contact your AGA Client Manager if you have any queries regarding your Certifications.

Standards out for Public Comment
AS/NZS 5263.1.1 (Gas appliances, Part 1.1: Domestic Gas Cooking Appliances)
Public comment ending on 19th June 2019

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

AS 4631:2018 Amd 1 (Semi-rigid connectors for gas)
Public comment ending on 11th July 2019

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