Solarig signs agreement with Jemena to collaborate in the development of green hydrogen projects

Solarig has signed an agreement with Jemena, one of Australia’s leading energy infrastructure companies, to collaborate in the development of renewable hydrogen projects. This agreement (MOU – Memorandum of Understanding) is aimed at the development of hydrogen production and blending facilities in the New South Wales region. Specifically, the first project will involve the grid injection of up to 35 terajoules per annum of renewable hydrogen into the Jemena gas distribution network.

Both companies will also work to further develop new renewable hydrogen initiatives to support the growth of the Australian market. As part of the MOU, Jemena will conduct feasibility assessments for renewable hydrogen to be blended into the grid for use by households, businesses and industrial customers.

‘Solarig is developing renewable hydrogen infrastructure in Australia to support the decarbonisation of critical sectors such as transport, agriculture and mining. The green hydrogen produced by Solarig will be generated with 100% renewable electricity from projects developed by the company, providing long-term economic development and sustainable employment opportunities,’ said Andrew Want, Solarig’s Country Manager for Australia.

David Gillespie, Managing Director of Jemena, said: ‘Jemena is always looking for opportunities to support the renewable gas market in order to provide a long-term decarbonising alternative to gas. We will need a mix of renewable energy fuels to ensure that Australia can achieve its zero emissions target, while providing secure and reliable energy. These types of agreements are essential to develop a strong renewable gas sector,’ Gillespie concluded.

Australia is currently accelerating the transition to lower carbon emissions, with an ongoing search for decarbonisation solutions. This will be one of the first commercial renewable hydrogen blending projects in Australia.

Solarig develops, finances, builds and operates infrastructure for the energy transition. It currently manages more than 10 GW of photovoltaic assets and has a portfolio of more than 20 GW of power projects in 12 countries, with a strong presence in Europe, Central and South America, Japan, and Australia.

The Solarig project in regional NSW is one of the first commercial renewable hydrogen facilities proposed for connection to the Jemena network and, subject to meeting the pre-feasibility requirements, will be one of the first commercial renewable hydrogen blending projects in Australia.

About Jemena

Jemena is an $12.4 billion company that owns and manages some of Australia´s most significant gas and electricity assets. These include:

  • The Jemena Gas Network servicing 1.5 million customers around NSW
  • The Eastern Gas Pipeline which delivers gas from Victoria’s Gippsland basin to the ACT, Sydney and regional NSWT
  • he Queensland Gas Pipeline which supplies Gladstone and Rockhampton
  • The Darling Downs Pipeline System which transports gas to the Wallumbilla gas trading hub, the 630MW Darling Downs Power Station, and to the feeder pipeline to the APLNG LNG liquefaction plant at Gladstone
  • Jemena´s Victorian electricity network which delivers electricity to over 370,000 homes and businesses in northern and western Melbourne
  • The Northern Gas Pipeline from Tennant Creek in Northern Territory to Mount Isa in Queensland.