Gases and engineering company BOC has welcomed greater competition in the LNG sector saying it will provide better awareness of the vital future fuel.
BOC, which was the first company in Australia to produce LNG and has been rolling out LNG “highways” since 2010, said Shell’s recently announced plan to develop an LNG supply chain for trucks along the Hume Highway was a positive for the industry.
BOC’s general manger for LNG, Alex Dronoff, said it was very encouraging to see companies following BOC’s lead in advancing LNG projects in Australia.
“It can only provide greater access to and awareness of this important alternative to diesel for transport operators from a commercial, economic and environmental perspective,” Mr Dronoff said.
BOC is investing heavily in LNG plants and projects Australia-wide to meet the changing needs of the transport industry.
The company is at the forefront of new technology in providing an economical low emissions fuel alternative for the trucking sector.
BOC is Australia’s original pioneer in developing the LNG highway concept, having already rolled out Australia’s first Micro-LNG plant at Westbury, Tasmania and, along with truck consortium LNGR, a network of refuelling stations around the island state in 2011.
The company is also heavily focused on developing an LNG highway servicing Australia’s eastern seaboard.
The project is well progressed with BOC spending approximately $65 million upgrading its Dandenong Air Separation Unit (ASU) and LNG facilities in 2010 to meet Australia’s growing need for eco-friendly alternative fuels for heavy transport.
This is in addition to the development of a micro-LNG plant near the Queensland township of Chinchilla also dedicated to providing the trucking industry with a cleaner alternative fuel.
The process plant will purify natural gas fed into the Roma-Brisbane pipeline by project partner QGC. It is the same gas Queenslanders use every day for a variety of industrial purposes and to cook meals and heat their homes.
BOC technology will then liquefy the natural gas in a refrigeration process and the resulting LNG will be transported in specially designed vacuum tankers to a network of approximately nine refuelling stations creating an LNG highway from Queensland to Victoria.
The natural gas for the Dandenong plant is sourced from gas transportation and energy infrastructure company APA and converted to liquid form by BOC before being sent back to APA for storage.
Presently there are two refuelling stations located in Dandenong and Mordialloc in Victoria, with another planned for Altona, in addition to the NSW centres of Tarcutta, Campbeltown, Wyong/Newcastle and Brisbane in Queensland.
Mr Dronoff 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 Dronoff said.