Shell to build LNG route along the Hume

Eight truckstops reported to host LNG bowsers

March 15, 2013

Energy giant Shell will develop a liquefied natural gas supply chain for trucks along the Hume Highway, according to a report in The Australian newspaper.

The report says Shell plans this year and next to install eight LNG refuelling ports at existing truck stops along the 900km road between Melbourne and Sydney, which is Australia’s busiest truck route.

These service stations are nominated as (north to south) Eastern Creek, Sutton Forest West, Sutton Forest East, Gundagai, Albury, Euroa, Bunker Hill and Laverton.

The newspaper quotes Shell Australia chairwoman Ann Pickard as saying: "With developments in engine technology, LNG is now a viable, cost-competitive alternative to regular diesel for the transport sector."

It says Shell is building the stations without yet nominating a haulage business partner to underpin LNG volumes, and will guarantee a cheaper fuel than diesel.

A Shell spokesman declined to comment to ATN but says a public announcement will be made soon.

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