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A new hydrogen production plant in final commissioning in Adelaide, is set to become a major supplier to industry – with the SA regional city of Whyalla to be the first beneficiary in early 2021.

The breakthrough will position the new Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA) facility at the Tonsley Innovation District as a major wholesale supplier of renewable hydrogen in Australia.

Project developer Australian Gas Networks (AGN) – part of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has completed the installation of the electrolyser, with final construction works due to be finished shortly.

AGIG’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ben Wilson, said the expansion of the HyP SA facility to supply industry had always been part of the Company’s plan for the facility.

“This initial partnership with BOC is a key enabler to further potential expansion to South Australia and wider industrial markets. It also brings us a step closer to supplying hydrogen for vehicle refuelling in South Australia” Mr Wilson said.

“Tube trailers are a well-established form of hydrogen transport. This new renewable hydrogen production source at HyP SA demonstrates the wider potential for this carbon-free gas and its ability to integrate into existing and future energy networks.”

The new Adelaide-based hydrogen supply chain will replace current tube trailer hydrogen deliveries to Whyalla from Victoria, saving approximately 117,000km in annual driving and 122,000 kilograms of carbon emissions per year.

Installation of the tube trailer infrastructure is expected to be completed by January 2021, with first commercial deliveries to Whyalla commencing shortly afterwards.