Micro-LNG Plant Opens in Tasmania Further Boosting LNG as a Viable Alternative Fuel Source for Heavy Vehicle Transport
Tasmania, Australia (News4us.com) February 18, 2011
The emergence of LNG as a viable alternative fuel source for heavy vehicle transport reached a further milestone today with the official opening of a new Micro-LNG plant in Westbury, Tasmania.
BOC’s plant, which uses micro LNG production technology, will supply fuel to Tasmanian fleet operators. LNG Refuellers Pty Ltd has underpinned the project with their commitment to invest in new LNG powered trucks and the signing of an initial 15 year supply deal with the facility.
Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP says the project signals the first steps in a potential transformation in fuel sources for Australia’s transport industry.
“LNG is emerging as an effective solution for the Australian haulage industry in both commercial and environmental terms,” Minister Ferguson said.
“A major hurdle for LNG as a transport fuel has been the absence of a distribution network.
“Developments such as this micro-plant and associated supply infrastructure reduce the ‘chicken and egg’ nexus between fuel and vehicle supply that has stymied the uptake of LNG in the past.
“LNG can help the heavy-duty vehicle transport industry achieve significant fuel savings and emission reductions compared with diesel.
“Australia’s LNG production is going from strength to strength and projects such as this one which bring together innovation and investment are an example of the many opportunities on offer in the industry.
“The Australian Government supports the development of a range of alternative transport fuels and technologies to enhance energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector.”
Member for Lyons, Dick Adams, welcomed the opening and the positive benefits the plant will deliver for Tasmania.
“This micro-LNG plant capitalises on a major growth industry for Australia – an industry with a very bright future,” Mr Adams said.
“It will benefit Tasmania’s heavy vehicle industry, provide jobs on the ground here in Westbury and help diversify our economic base.
“I welcome the $150 million investment in this plant, and the future investment it will encourage.
“This type of project also spurs competition and we all know that competition is good for consumers at the end of the day.
“Readily available, cleaner burning fuel sources for our transport industry, such as LNG, are good for the environment and simple things like quieter LNG fuelled engines are good for our communities.
“It is great to see years of hard work come together and deliver such great results in the form of BOC’s Westbury micro-LNG plant.”
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