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BOC proceeding with Condamine Micro LNG plant

Gas company BOC is proceeding with plans to develop Queensland’s first micro LNG plant near Miles destined to supply the trucking industry with a cleaner alternative fuel.

Proposals for the plant – to be part of new ‘LNG highway’ along Australia’s east coast – were revealed at a community information forum in Chinchilla last month.

Construction of the plant is scheduled to start mid 2013, subject to the approval of appropriate authorities, and is expected to be fully operational by mid 2014.

Up to 40 people will be employed during the construction phase and two full-time employees will be based at the plant on completion.

The LNG plant, to be located next to QGC’s Condamine Power Station, will consist of a gas supply station, gas purification unit, refrigeration unit, specialised storage tanks and tanker load-out facility.

The plant will draw on the proven technologies of BOC’s Tasmanian LNG plant which has been supplying heavy haulage and long distance trucks in the dairy and logging industries since its construction in 2010.

For its Condamine operation, BOC has entered into an agreement with QGC to purchase natural gas fed into the Roma-Brisbane pipeline.

When fully operational, the plant will have the capacity to produce 50 tonnes of LNG per day, the equivalent of 70,000 litres of conventional diesel.

BOC’s LNG Engineering Manager Kevin Peakman described BOC’s investment in LNG as  a carefully executed venture to become a key player in Australia’s exciting alternative-energy future.

“BOC is deploying its micro LNG production technology in a dedicated operation to provide an alternative fuel to diesel for heavy duty vehicles,” Mr Peakman said.

“This use of a dedicated micro LNG plant for the transport industry is a first for Queensland,” he added.

Mr Peakman said using LNG could save operators money, with the regulation of natural gas bringing stable pricing.

He said the local plant would generate long term advantages for all Queenslanders producing a cleaner fuel alternative to diesel, which produces up to 25% less greenhouse gases, less sulphur, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.