Construction starts on Australia's first micro LNG plant

Australia's first micro LNG plant expected to produce 50 tonnes a day of LNG for heavy vehicles once completed

Construction on Australia’s first micro LNG plant has begun in Tasmania, and is expected to produce 50 tonnes a day of LNG for heavy vehicles once completed.

The plant is being built at Westbury and is due to be finished by 2010. The project is operated by BOC gases, which has invested $150 million into LNG projects in Tasmania.

BOC South Pacific Managing Director Colin Isaac says fuel produced at the plant will be distributed by LNG Refuellers and will prove the company’s ability to roll out similar projects nationwide.

LNG Refuellers Chairman Ken Padgett says the potential of LNG is massive for the future of Australian transport.

"It’s great to be involved in an alternative fuel for trucking," Padgett says.

"Our three year search for an alternative to diesel ended when we decided to use LNG and started to work with BOC to develop an LNG solution as our fuel of the future.

Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett gave the go ahead to the start of operations at the plant this morning and says the project fits in perfectly for the State's push for low emission transport solutions.

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