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APA welcomes Perrottet’s hydrogen strategy


APA Group has welcomed the release of the New South Wales Government’s Hydrogen Strategy, stating it is committed to helping the state in its ambition to decarbonise. 

The company said it looks forward to working with the government to unlock the state’s advantages in hydrogen, supporting its commitment to a lower carbon future.

APA chief executive officer Rob Wheals said that gas and gas infrastructure will play a critical role in the energy transition.

“Gas will be vital to supporting renewables growth and Australia’s decarbonisation pathway, but the gas industry is also well placed to diversify and deploy decades of knowledge, capability and critical infrastructure to play a leading role in developing the low emissions technologies of tomorrow, at scale, and to support our own ambitions for a net zero future,” Wheals said.

“It is absolutely clear that Australia and NSW have a natural competitive advantage in hydrogen and with billions of dollars already invested in gas infrastructure across the country, it makes sense to look at ways to use our existing energy infrastructure to support the state’s transition to a low carbon future.”

APA’s Pathfinder program is looking at hydrogen energy solutions of the future as well as other innovations and technologies that will help APA leverage its existing capabilities.

Last month, APA joined a consortium of Australian and Japanese energy players in an effort to establish Queensland’s largest green hydrogen project.

APA has also partnered with Future Fuels CRC and Wollongong University to test the ability of a section of the Parmelia Gas Pipeline in Western Australia to carry 100 per cent hydrogen.

Following the completion of the testing, the pilot project results will also support decision-making for the potential transition of other APA assets to be hydrogen-ready.

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