Cleaner, greener transport

According to Managing Director for BOC South Pacific, Colin Isaac, BOC is at the forefront of new technology that provides an economical low-emissions fuel alternative for the trucking sector.

BOC produces LNG from local sources using BOC Micro-LNG Plants to meet the needs of fleet fuelling situations, as well as stationary energy.

“One of the biggest challenges facing society is the need to reduce emissions the world over,” says Colin. “This calls for intelligent technologies that balance the need for environmental protection with advancing industrialisation and economic development.”

The launch of Australia’s first Micro-LNG plant at Westbury, Tasmania in February this year signifies the leading role BOC is playing in the development of cutting edge solutions focussing on the safe, efficient, simple and eco-friendly application of alternative fuels for heavy transport.

The $150 million project comprises the construction and operation of the Micro-LNG plant and supplying six re-fuelling stations to trucking consortium, LNG Refuellers Pty Ltd, across Tasmania.

The Westbury Micro-LNG plant has the capacity to produce 50 tonnes a day of LNG which is the equivalent of 70,000 litres of conventional diesel.

This development is seen as a forerunner to similar technology the company plans to roll out on the mainland in a long-term commitment to support the domestic gas industry and reduce greenhouse emissions.

“We regard LNG as the perfect alternative to diesel for transport operators from a commercial, economic and environmental perspective,” Colin says.

“BOC is committed to minimising emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Technologies and infrastructure, such as these plants, will contribute to Australia’s CO2 management.

“LNG, the cleanest burning fossil fuel, releases up to 20% less greenhouse gases compared to diesel. Another advantage of LNG is its stable price, making it an ideal fuel for transport operators.”

Currently, BOC is also working with heavy vehicle manufacturers and engine builders to develop ‘LNG Highways’ to refuel transport fleets throughout Australia. The LNG fleet refuelling network will include transport company depot refuellers and public refuellers, located at selected truck focused service stations and roadhouses around Australia. 

Alongside these heavy vehicle fleet fuelling activities, BOC will also focus on marine, locomotive and mining vehicle refuelling applications.

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