The Linde Group member BOC has announced the official opening of its first public refueller on the East Coast of Australia. The LNG refueller is designed to meet the changing needs of the Australian transport sector where awareness of the vital future fuel is growing strongly.
BOC’s first public LNG refueller opened in Tarcutta, NSW, representing a vital link in the company’s planned network of stations for the low emissions trucking fuel along the Hume Highway. The state-of-the-art Tarcutta refueller is the centrepiece of BOC’s proposed LNG supply chain for trucks along the major Australian transport corridor.
The gases and engineering company has other LNG refuelling stations already operating at Preston, VIC and in development at Wetherill Park, NSW with many more to open along the Hume Highway in the near future.
Trucking and logistics company Linfox will be amongst the first to benefit from BOC’s patented refuelling technology having ordered two purpose-built LNG vehicles to service their Sydney to Melbourne work with BOC.
Linfox’s President Resources & Industrial, Ian Kent said the company was proud to be working alongside BOC in promoting an economical low-emissions fuel alternative for the trucking sector. He explained Linfox and BOC shared the same commitment to driving innovative solutions that make a difference.
The new Tarcutta LNG refueller, which has been designed by BOC to operate as simply and safely as a regular diesel dispenser, is also the first of its kind to be publicly available for any transport operator with an LNG equipped vehicle.
BOC’s general manager for LNG, Alex Dronoff, said the Tarcutta refueller was the latest example of company’s cutting-edge LNG innovation. Designed and built in Australia by BOC, the award winning refueller replicates and improves the bowser experience people are used to with traditional fuel.
Mr Dronoff adds that Tarcutta customers will be able to refuel the same quantity in half the time when compared with diesel.
Key advantages over traditional LNG refuellers include a simplified design reducing the number of automatically activated valves from eight to three to cut costs and improve reliability, and greatly reducing the ‘footprint’ size of the refueller to approximately 5m x 8m, down from 5m x 15m.
BOC is investing heavily in LNG plants and projects Australia-wide to meet the changing needs of the transport industry.
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, BOC, Australia’s original pioneer in developing the LNG highway concept, is also heavily focused on developing an LNG highway servicing Australia’s eastern seaboard of which the Tarcutta refueller forms a vital part.
At its LNG plants, BOC liquefies natural gas in a refrigeration process and transports the resulting LNG in specially-designed vacuum tankers to its network of refuelling stations.
Mr Dronoff said BOC’s state-of-the-art energy efficiency technologies would form a key element of Australia’s future energy mix as the company plays 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 their LNG plants and networks.