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Renewables Tasmania

Future gas strategy and decarbonisation

Future Gas Strategy

Since 2003, natural gas has been supplied to Tasmania via an underwater gas pipeline from Victoria.  There are approximately 1,050 business gas customers and 13,000 residential gas customers [1] in the state.

In November 2020, the Government established the Gas Strategy Working Group, with representatives from key industry and community organisations. The aim is to develop a Future Gas Strategy that will provide certainty to gas customers, and those in the gas supply chain over the next 10 to 20 years.

A draft Future Gas Strategy is expected to be released for public consultation by mid-2021, with a final strategy completed before the end of 2021.

Gas Decarbonisation

While Tasmania’s gas sector is far smaller than other Australian states, there are significant opportunities to decarbonise our natural gas network through two potential key pathways – the use of locally produced renewable hydrogen; and, through the production of biogas.

As part of the Government’s commitments under the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Action Plan, a gas decarbonisation study will be delivered by the end of 2021. This study will link directly into the Future Gas Strategy.

[1] Source: Tasmanian Economic Regulator ‘Energy in Tasmania Report: 2018-2019’