RP1.2-03 Assessment framework for bio-methane injection in gas networks

Executive Summary

This project successfully identified opportunities for the injection of bio-methane into existing gas networks and pipelines in Australia.

This was done via the assessment of the techno-economic viability for two end-user defined case studies. Based on the case studies, a general framework for performing such assessments has been developed by identifying what factors need to be considered by bio-methane projects that want to connect to the gas network.

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Commencement / End Date Oct 2019 to Apr 2021
Outcomes / Impact

The outcomes of this project are:

1.    Reports detailing assessments of the techno-economic viability of injecting bio-methane into existing gas networks for two end user defined case studies with high potential, considering a range of factors related to:

  • Feedstock (e.g. locations of potentially high yield sources of bio-methane (from both urban and agricultural waste), potential locations for aggregation and processing, the proximity of suitable transport networks etc.),
  • Production (e.g. anaerobic digestion, upgrading, treatment),
  • Transmission (e.g. locations and attributes (e.g. capacity, pressure) of existing gas networks).

2.    A report detailing a conceptual framework outlining the requirements for performing assessments of the commercial viability of injecting bio-methane into existing gas networks at locations of interest in an Australian context.

Partners University of Adelaide, Jemena, AGIG, ENA, APA Group, Enwave Australia
Research Contact

Dr Stephen McGrail