UEG Hydrogen Technology

Project scope

Australia’s target to reduce emissions will see the energy sector collectively facing significant challenges to achieve this target. One technology being considered is the inclusion of hydrogen in regular gas supply. Hydrogen trials are already underway in Australia to produce hydrogen using renewable energy and inject it into the gas networks. International and Australian trials of this emerging technology have indicated significant success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. An additional benefit of Hydrogen Injection into gas distribution networks is ‘energy storage’. Electricity generated from renewable sources can be converted to Hydrogen via electrolysis.

 

The Gas IRC has proposed a project to review and develop Units of Competency and skill sets to address the skills needs of gas technicians handling hydrogen gas. This project will consider the results of national trials of hydrogen gas technologies to ensure the benefits of new technology are included within the future skills of all gas technicians.

 

VIEW 2020 IRC SKILLS FORECAST

 

The Gas Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed for this project.

 

Regular updates will be posted on this page throughout the life of the project.

 

If you have any questions about this project, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Manager.

Deliverables

  • Review ten existing Units of Competency.
  • Develop six new Units of Competency.
  • Develop three new skill sets.

Timeline

The Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by 30 June 2021.

How to get involved

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed to provide expertise for this work. If you are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC please contact the Industry Manager.

 

Stakeholder feedback on draft training materials will be sought as part of the development phase of work.

Technical advisory committee

 

TAC ESTABLISHED

 

The Gas Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project.

 

Comprising 17 subject matter experts from Industry, Employer Associations and RTOs, the TAC has been tasked with:

  • Providing specialist industry subject-matter knowledge regarding hydrogen gas technology to the review and development of Units of Competency, qualifications and Skill Sets
  • Validating the technical content of the Training Package products
  • Identifying relevant qualitative and quantitative data sources to inform the development of draft materials
  • Reviewing feedback from stakeholders through public consultations
  • Assisting in identifying and engaging broader industry networks to participate in consultation and/or validation activities during the duration of the project
  • Offering advice and guidance to assist in informing the direction of the project throughout its duration.
  • Making recommendations on the developed Training Package materials to the relevant IRC, which has the final decision-making authority

 

The TAC held its first meeting on 29 October 2020.

 

8 SEPTEMBER 2020

INDUSTRY SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED

 

Work on this project has commenced and the Gas IRC is forming a TAC.

 

Your industry expertise and insight are welcome to help review and develop Training Package materials to:

  • review ten existing Units of Competency
  • develop six new Units of Competency
  • develop three new skill sets
  • address the skills needs of gas technicians working with hydrogen gas.

 

TAC nominations closed on Tuesday, 22 September 2020.

 

For more information about this project please contact the Industry Manager.

 

Consultation

 

14 DECEMBER 2020

DRAFT MATERIAL

 

On behalf of the Gas Industry Reference Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has drafted materials for this project to address skills needs of gas technicians working with hydrogen and is requesting stakeholder feedback.

 

The materials include six new Units of Competency, three new Skill Sets and 13 updated existing Units of Competency.

 

The new units and Skill Sets are drafted specifically for hydrogen gas, whilst the existing units were updated to allow for hydrogen contextualisation as well as other gases.

 

Hydrogen trials are already underway in Australia to produce hydrogen using renewable energy and inject it into the gas networks. International and Australian trials of this emerging technology have indicated significant success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Feedback closed Friday, 29 January 2021.

 

Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.

Validation

 

15 FEBRUARY 2021

FINAL DRAFT MATERIAL

 

On behalf of the Gas Industry Reference Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has considered all stakeholder feedback and is now seeking validation of revised draft materials.

 

The revised Training Package addresses the skills needs of gas technicians working with hydrogen. The draft materials include six new Units of Competency, three new Skill Sets and 13 updated units. The new Units of Competency and Skill Sets have been drafted specifically for hydrogen gas, and the existing units were updated to allow for hydrogen contextualisation as well as other gases. The existing Units of Competency for commissioning distribution and transmission pipelines and constructing and laying polyethylene distribution mains have been approved for inclusion in this project.

 

Additional information:

The new Units of Competency will be contained in the Certificate III and IV in Gas Supply Operations, except for UEGNSG982Y Apply safety practices, procedures, and compliance standards for handling hydrogen gas which will be added to the Certificate II and III in Gas Supply Operations, and UEGNSG978Y Monitor and control hydrogen in gas distribution networks and UEGNSG983Y Undertake routine hydrogen storage operations which will be added to the Certificate III in Gas Supply Operations only. All new Units of Competency will be added as electives in the respective qualifications.

 

Feedback closed Wednesday, 3 March 2021.

 

Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.

 
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Raja Ginting

Industry Skills Specialist - Gas Supply

 

 

 

Email: Raja.Ginting@aistnds.org.au

Phone: 0447 055 160