Removing the barriers for Queensland’s renewable hydrogen industry

Key actions of the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan and the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan are underway with the commencement of a review of legislation to support the effective regulation of renewable hydrogen development and use in Queensland.

As the renewable hydrogen industry gains momentum in Queensland, it is timely to identify the regulatory aspects that are critical to ensuring the industry evolves in a safe, transparent and sustainable manner to provide benefits to Queensland.

Whilst a broad regulatory assessment across the industry from renewable hydrogen production and storage to export and domestic markets will take place in 2023, stakeholders have identified the transport of hydrogen and other prescribed substances in pipelines as a priority issue.

What’s changing?

The Queensland Government has recognised the need to address regulatory barriers related to transporting renewable gases such as hydrogen in pipelines.

In Queensland, the Gas Supply Act 2003 (GS Act) and the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (P&G Act) provide the approvals pathway for proponents seeking to transport gas through pipelines. The GS Act and the P&G Act have been reviewed in consideration of the proposed changes to the NGL.

The Gas Supply and Other Legislation (Hydrogen Industry Development) Amendment Bill 2023 (the Bill) proposes to amend the GS Act and the P&G Act to provide a clear approvals pathway for hydrogen and other prescribed substance pipelines, and to complement changes approved nationally by Energy Ministers to bring hydrogen blends, biomethane and other renewable gases within scope of the NGL. An exposure draft of the Bill has been released for feedback.

Have Your Say

Interested stakeholders are invited to comment on the Draft Gas Supply and Other Legislation (Hydrogen Industry Development) Amendment Bill 2023 (PDF, 318.13 KB) to extend existing pipeline provision to hydrogen. Further information about the proposed amendments is available in the Information Paper (PDF, 257.6 KB).

Consultation is open from 6 March to 3 April 2023 with feedback provided through haveyoursayhydrogenqld@kahil-lloydepw-qld-gov-auz

If you would like further information about the Bill, an information session will be held on Monday 13 March 2023 from 10:30am – 11:30am AEST via Teams. You can join the information session via this link.