Two Western Australian Government-funded reports have demonstrated potential pathways for future hydrogen transmission and storage in the state.
Prepared by DBNGP (WA) Nominees, the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline Hydrogen Feasibility Study outlines a pathway for declaring sections of the pipeline suitable for up to nine per cent hydrogen/natural gas blends.
This pathway includes material testing, investigating additional operational constraints, and a realignment of regulatory and commercial frameworks.
The feasibility study received $216,000 in grant funding from the Western Australian Government’s Renewable Hydrogen Fund.
The State Government has also released the Stage 1 report of its feasibility study, Hydrogen storage potential of depleted oil and gas fields in Western Australia.
Commissioned by the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA), and prepared by RISC Advisory, the Stage 1 report identifies seven onshore fields as good candidates for hydrogen storage projects.
The results of the report will inform Stage 2 of the study, which will involve 3D modelling of a small section of the candidate fields identified in Stage 1.
The study was funded through the WA Recovery Plan, which included $1 million for identifying locations suitable for hydrogen storage.