The state of Victoria has emerged as the engine room of BOC’s pioneering LNG technology which is changing the face of alternative, low emissions fuel for trucking and other industries across Australia.
Inducted this year into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame for to its commitment to improving industry through innovation, BOC is at the forefront of advancements being made in the LNG sector.
For over 30 years, BOC has been producing LNG at it’s plant in Dandenong where the fuel has been used to back up the Victorian gas grid.
In February 2012, BOC officially opened a $65 million upgrade to its LNG facility, which represents a vital link in BOC’s LNG highway being built along Australia’s eastern seaboard.
With a capacity to produce up to 100 tonnes of LNG per day, the project was a major expansion and refurbishment of BOC’S existing Air Separation Unit (ASU) and LNG facilities at the Dandenong site to meet Australia’s growing LNG needs.
As well as leading the sector in LNG production, BOC is a key figure in the distribution and supply of LNG in Victoria.
BOC is pioneering the use of LNG in Victoria and around Australia because of the fuel’s significant economic and environmental benefits such as producing up to 20 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions when compared with diesel.
The company now operates two LNG refuelling stations at Mordialloc and Dandenong with two more currently under construction at Altona and Frankston Road. Modelling off the Victorian technology, and that which the company has also rolled out across Tasmania, BOC is building a Micro LNG plant near the Queensland township of Chinchilla and establishing a network of approximately nine refuelling stations creating an LNG highway from Queensland to Victoria.
To transport the Victorian-produced LNG to its customers, BOC has invested approximately $8 million establishing Australia’s largest cryogenic tanker fleet comprising two double tankers capable of hauling 30 tonnes each of LNG, and four single tankers with a capacity of 19 tonnes each.
In addition to advancing LNG technologies in the heavy transport sector, BOC and subsidiary company ELGAS have branched out to provide innovative stationary energy solutions for a range of industries across Victoria.
BOC and ELGAS provide LNG to fuel various plant equipment such as dryers, roasters and burners for diverse uses including cleaning contaminated soil and for the production of paper, asphalt and stockfeed.
BOC’s Strategic Marketing Director, Bruce Currie, said BOC’s state-of-the-art energy efficiency technologies would form a key element of Australia’s future energy mix.
“BOC is very pleased to be playing its part in helping to reduce greenhouse emissions, develop new industry and boost regional and state economies through the delivery of safe, reliable and proven technology with our LNG plants and networks,’’ Mr Currie said.