BOC Ltd has announced the opening of Australia’s first Micro-LNG plant in Westbury, Tasmania.
A member of the world-leading gases and engineering company, The Linde Group, BOC is providing LNG, an economical low emissions fuel alternative for the heavy transport sector.
Jointly funded by BOC, LNG Refuellers and government grants, the $150-million project comprises of the construction and operation of the Micro-LNG plant in addition to supplying six LNG refuelling stations to trucking consortium LNG Refuellers Pty Ltd across Tasmania.
BOC South Pacific Managing Director, Colin Isaac said that the Westbury plant was a forerunner to similar projects that the company hoped to roll on the mainland in a long-term commitment to supporting the domestic gas industry and reducing greenhouse emissions.
Australia’s first Micro-LNG plant has been built with the specific purpose of supplying LNG to the heavy transport sector.
Available to any Tasmanian fleet operator, the self-service, 24-hour LNG refuelling stations will be located on existing trucking routes at Burnie, Westbury, Rocherlea, Scottsdale and Bridgewater with a sixth site to be completed at Epping Forest in due course.
The Westbury Micro-LNG plant has the capacity to produce 50 tonnes of LNG fuel a day, the equivalent of 70,000 litres of conventional diesel.
Mr Isaac commented that BOC’s state-of-the-art energy efficiency technologies would form a key element of Australia’s future energy mix.
Ken Padgett, the Chairman of LNG Refuellers, a consortium of seven Tasmanian transport operators says that his company is proud to have been working alongside BOC for the past 2½ years to realise this project.
Mr Padgett adds that LNG not only offers a low-carbon transport solution but also provides an opportunity to protect the transport energy from the economic consequences of future energy shocks.
Premier Lara Giddings said the government was proud to have provided a business environment where BOC had chosen Tasmania to lead Australian industry in implementing its world-class expertise in alternative fuel.