Parmelia Gas Pipeline (New Project added May 2022)

May 10th, 2022

Parmelia Gas Pipeline

A pre-feasibility study is assessing the viability of producing and transporting renewables-based  hydrogen via a section of APA’s Parmelia Gas Pipeline in Western Australia.

Main proponents:

APA Group, Wesfarmers (Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers – WesCEF)

Main end-use classification:

Hydrogen in gas networks

Status:

Under development – pre-feasibility study

Estimated cost:

 

Other involvement:

 

Production details:

Under evaluation

Location:

Western Australia, Australia

Announced funding:

AUD$300,000 – Western Australian Government Renewable Hydrogen Fund (second round award)

Project description

In early May 2022, APA Group and WesCEF executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to undertake a pre-feasibility study to assess the viability to produce and transport renewables-based hydrogen via a section of APA’s Parmelia Gas Pipeline.

Under the MoU, the pre-feasibility study (to be jointly funded) will assess the viability of transporting produced hydrogen to WesCEF’s production facilities in the Kwinana industrial area via the Parmelia Gas Pipeline. The WesCEF production facilities in Kwinana produce and distribute products for the agricultural, mining, construction and manufacturing industries and energy for households.

The pre-feasibility study builds on work undertaken by the APA Group to test the Parmelia Gas Pipeline for hydrogen compatibility. APA commenced research in 2021 to test the ability of a 43-kilometre section of the Parmelia Gas Pipeline to carry up to 100 per cent hydrogen. Initial (Phase One) test results indicate that the pipeline will be suitable for 100 per cent hydrogen service without any requirement to reduce the operating pressure of the pipeline

Phase Two testing, supported by a AUD$300,000 grant from the second round of awards under the Western Australian Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Fund, is underway (as of May 2022) and involves testing the pipeline material in a gaseous hydrogen environment and comparing the pipeline material performance against Phase One results and  international research.

 

This description was reviewed by a project proponent in May 2022