Day One - 15 September

Opening remarks from the chair

Hannah McCaughey
Group Executive Transformation and Technology
APA Group


Delivering value in the hydrogen supply chain - the path to commercial hydrogen
  • Evolving to deliver whole of network decarbonisation for domestic and industrial customers
  • What incentives should the federal government be offering to kick start a viable hydrogen economy?
  • Assessing the practicalities and financial outcomes (long and short term)
  • Learnings from AGIG’s current projects (HyP SA, HyP Gladstone, the Australian Hydrogen Centre, WA feasibility, Market Sounding)

Ben Wilson
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

Overview of BloombergNEF's independent analysis and outlook for a hydrogen economy
  • Producing, storing and transporting hydrogen, with estimates for delivered costs
  • Economics of using hydrogen to decarbonize the hard-to-abate sectors
  • Estimating of the amount of subsidy and investment required for scale-up

Kobad Bhavnagri
Global Head of Industry and Building Decarbonization 

Building a workable regulatory environment to facilitate the hydrogen economy
  • Ensuring the certification process for hydrogen production are robust but practical enough to encourage growth
  • Can current market registration process accommodate new hydrogen and renewable gas production?
  • Implications of ring-fencing for owners and producers of hydrogen
  • Matching the National Gas Rules (NGR 79 and NGR 91) to expenditure incurred blending of hydrogen into existing networks and implications for the wider hydrogen economy
  • What is the impact on the retail market from blending hydrogen into natural gas network?

Dennis Van Puyvelde
Head of Gas
Energy Networks Australia

Take a break and connect with other attendees

An overview of the opportunity hydrogen represents for Australia
  • An overview of the opportunity hydrogen represents for Australia
  • Summary of Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy
  • Update on developments since the Strategy
  • Progress in its delivery

James Hetherington
Manager of Hydrogen Strategy
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Strategies to make hydrogen happen - seed funding, subsidies and investment

Technical and financial implications of a fully integrated renewable hydrogen supply chain

 ARENA have funded BP Australia to assess the feasibility of building a renewable hydrogen and ammonia production facility in Geraldton, Western Australia. The feasibility study is expected to be completed by February 2021.

  • Producing renewable hydrogen and ammonia at a competitive price
  • Scaling up to produce hydrogen for domestic use and export

Nicholas Shaw
Head of Strategy and Low Carbon Energy 
BP Australia

Investment strategies for large scale hydrogen projects

Hear how ARENA and the CEFC are working to resolve the issues hobbling the hydrogen economy (high production costs, limited regulatory frameworks, under-developed end-use markets and insufficient demand to attract investment in projects) and to make hydrogen a viable power choice.

Rupert Maloney
Head of Hydrogen
Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

Matt Walden
Transactions and Business Development 
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Take a break and connect with other attendees

PANEL DISCUSSION: How will investors move hydrogen from niche to mainstream?
  • What is needed to build a commercial supply chain with reasonable costs, timeframes and off take?
  • How can commercial demand for hydrogen be driven what government incentives are needed?
  • What are institutional investors looking for when assessing large scale hydrogen investments?

Hannah McCaughey
Group Executive Transformation and Technology
APA Group


Kate Vidgen
Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Oil and Gas Principal
Macquarie Capital

Edgare Kerkwijk
Board Member
Asia Pacific Hydrogen Association

David Grabau
Senior Investment Specialist, Resources and Energy 
Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

Facilitating opportunities for the production and use of renewable hydrogen in Tasmania
  • Enabling initial investment in renewable hydrogen production and end-use technologies in Tasmania
  • Facilitating export based large-scale renewable hydrogen investments
  • Pathways from initial demonstration projects toward large-scale renewable hydrogen developments

Sean Terry
Executive Director, Office of Energy Planning
Department of State Growth, Tasmanian Government

Accurately costing the feasibility of hydrogen projects

Investing in renewable hydrogen

The Hon. Adam Bandt
Australian Greens

PANEL DISCUSSION: Which direction makes most sense: straight to green hydrogen or a transition through brown, grey and blue?
  • Is there a legitimate need for staged transition?
  • Is it wasteful to build non-green hydrogen infrastructure if green is the ultimate goal?
  • Comparing emissions profiles and end to end efficiency of various H2 supply chains


Hannah McCaughey
Group Executive Transformation and Technology
APA Group

Martina Steinkusz
Director of Market Development
Renewable Hydrogen Alliance

Jeremy Stone 
Non Executive Director & Advisor
J Power

Sandra Lau
Alternative Fuels Manager
Viva Energy Australia

Thom Cameron
Hydrogen & Chemicals Technology Director

Take a break and connect with other attendees

PANEL DISCUSSION: How do industry partnerships impact on the cost of deploying hydrogen at scale?
  • What lessons should be taken from current international commercial-scale projects across the supply chain?
  • How relevant overseas experiences relevant when forecasting costs? What factors will make Australia different?
  • Is a systematic cooperative approach the key to economies of scale and cost reductions?


Liisa Parisot
Leader – Power Generation and Storage Solutions ANZ


Kathryn Horlin 
Principal Carbon Management

Michael Dolan 
Manager Hydrogen 
Fortescue Metals Group

Andrew Tan
President & Chief Executive Officer Australia
Chiyoda Corporation

Luke Blackbourn
Manager Government & External Relations 
Yara Pilbra

Creating a pathway to a commercially viable hydrogen industry
  • Evaluating the ideal operating conditions for electrolysers at scale
  • Assessing commercial opportunities for hydrogen in domestic and international markets
  • Taking advantage of the Central Queensland site location
  • The value of ARENA support

Stephen Quilter
Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy 

Heavy industry using hydrogen power at scale to decarbonise operations

Anglo American is developing a hydrogen-powered ultra-class electric mining haul truck for use at the Mogalakwena platinum mine in South Africa.

  • Determining the economic feasibility of hydrogen powered trucks 
  • Adapting existing equipment for hydrogen batteries
  • Maximising the energy savings and increased efficiency of renewable hydrogen

Julian Soles
Head of Technology Development, Mining & Sustainability 
Anglo American (UK)

KEYNOTE: Hydrogen Revolution: Steel the Enabler

Sanjeev Gupta
Executive Chairman
GFG Alliance

Closing remarks from the Chair

End of day one