ActewAGL hands over Hydrogen Refueller to Pacific Energy

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In mid-2023, ActewAGL ran a competitive expression of interest (EOI) process to find a new owner and operator for the ActewAGL Hydrogen Refuelling Station (HRS) in Fyshwick, ACT.

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Australian sustainable distributed energy firm Pacific Energy was the successful party, and handover of the HRS occurred on 1 April 2024.

ActewAGL CEO John Knox said, “The opening of the ActewAGL Hydrogen Refuelling Station in March 2021, the first publicly available HRS in Australia, demonstrated our commitment to exploring the potential role of green hydrogen in supporting the transition to net-zero emissions in our community.

“We have been at the forefront of the production of hydrogen for the purpose of refuelling passenger vehicles, and have gained insights and knowledge from the experience, that we are proud to have been able to share both nationally and internationally.

“ActewAGL from the outset did not see itself as the long-term owner and operator of the station. The next part of the HRS journey will be very well supported by Pacific Energy, a company dedicated to continuing its operation and further advancing hydrogen and clean energy solutions.”

The handover of the HRS to Pacific Energy provides a level of service continuity, with ENGV, a subsidiary of Pacific Energy, having been the primary construction subcontractor and more recently the maintenance subcontractor for the HRS.

Pacific Energy CEO Jamie Cullen says, “After originally delivering the Canberra station to ActewAGL three years ago through our specialist subsidiary, ENGV, Pacific Energy is delighted to now take on direct ownership and operating responsibility of this important piece of infrastructure and continue to support the hydrogen vehicles of ActewAGL, the ACT Government and other local users.”

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Furthermore, Pacific Energy is developing a vision for hydrogen in the ACT, through its recently announced MOU with Ampol, Hyundai and Toyota.

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