The facility located near the Queensland township of Chinchilla was officially opened today by the Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, who used the opportunity to also launch a new Queensland Fuels and Energy strategy. BOC, a member of The Linde Group, has entered into a long‐term gas supply agreement with QGC, who supply natural gas that BOC will liquefy, producing LNG for a range of domestic fuel uses in the manufacturing, mining and long‐haul trucking markets.
The natural gas will also be available for use in the stationary energy sector and for cleaner power generation in remote communities.
The total spend for the natural gas, micro‐LNG plant and supply chain infrastructure by BOC will be over $200 million over 15 years, producing up to 50 tons of LNG per day into the domestic market, which is the equivalent of 70,000 liters of conventional diesel per day.
BOC South Pacific Managing Director Colin Isaac said the plant heralded a positive new era for cleaner fuel in Queensland that also utilized Australian design and construction expertise in LNG fuel production. “This marks the start of a new industry for Queensland giving local and interstate manufacturing, off grid electricity generation and heavy transport users the opportunity to switch to LNG, an environmentally cleaner fuel than current alternatives,’’ Mr Isaac said.
“We are innovating in new LNG applications, such as stationary energy and generation in remote communities and we hope in time to continue to progress an ‘LNG highway’ for the heavy transport sector along Australia’s eastern seaboard,” Isaac added.
Using proven and safe technology, BOC will liquefy the natural gas in a refrigeration process and the resulting LNG will be transported in specially designed vacuum tankers to customers and a network of refueling stations from Queensland to Victoria.
Source: BOC South Pacific.