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LNG Refuellers Pty Ltd (LNGR), an Australia-based consortium comprising seven Tasmanian transport operators, has struck a deal with industrial gas company BOC for the supply of LNG fuel for more than 120 LNG-powered heavy-duty vehicles. Tasmania is an Australian state—and island—located 240 kilometers (150 mi) south of the eastern side of the continent, being separated from it by the Bass Strait.

The trucks will mostly be new vehicles with Westport engines with some existing Caterpillar powered vehicles fitted with the Clean Air Power Dual-Fuel system (earlier post).

This project will result in the establishment of the first commercial pipeline-to-truck supply for heavy vehicle transport in Australia. We have formed a new refuelling company that will own and operate a network of six commercial LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) refuelling stations across Tasmania to manage the fuel logistics needs of most Tasmanian fleets on the major freight routes.

With rising fuel prices and the long-term security of oil supplies under question we began looking for alternate fuels. Our investigation led us to the conclusion that natural gas provides an effective overall solution from a commercial, economic and environmental perspective. This deal represents a A$150 million vote of confidence in the commercial merits of natural gas as an alternative to wholesale use of diesel fuel for road transport in Tasmania.

— Ken Padgett, Chairman of LNG Refuellers Pty Ltd

The LNG plant will have the capacity to produce 50 tonnes of LNG a day—the equivalent of 70,000 liters (18,492 gallons US) of conventional diesel. The trucks used by LNGR members each tend to drive more than 200,000 km/year (124,000 miles/year). The plant will handle 200 truck shifts/day. That is a minimum of 100 double-shifted trucks or a larger number of trucks, some of which do single shifts. LNGR members all currently are using diesel-powered vehicles.

BOC, part of the Linde Group, design, build and operate Micro-LNG plants for the transport market. To secure the LNG supply, BOC will build and operate a new Micro-LNG plant near Westbury, subject to securing all necessary planning and development approvals. BOC became the first company in Australia to produce LNG when it established its Dandenong facility almost 30 years ago.

Linde BOC licensed its Micro-LNG technology from the Gas Technology Institute (GTI). Targeted at 5,000 to 30,000 gallon US (19,000 to 114,000 liters) per day production capability, the system uses mixed refrigerants in a simple refrigerant loop that maximizes system performance and efficiency. The system is packaged into a transportable skid for rapid deployment.

The pre-commercial prototype used a gas engine drive to reduce operating costs and integrate with the gas processing system to capture natural gas vapors. Electric drive options are also possible.

In addition BOC will design and construct the entire supply chain infrastructure for LNG Refuellers including LNG road tankers and six refuelling stations.

LNG Refuellers plans to provide briefings to potential customers in the Tasmanian transport industry over the next six months. LNG Refuellers Pty Ltd, comprises seven Tasmanian transport operators:

  • Chas Kelly Transport
  • KJ Padgett Pty Ltd
  • Aprin Transport
  • Les Walkden Enterprises
  • Exeter Sawmill
  • Country Roadways Pty Ltd
  • Kevin Morgan Pty Ltd

(A hat-tip to John!)



The Clean Air Power company really seem to be onto a winning formula. Quote from their web site:
" Clean Air Power has pioneered the move towards natural gas by developing Dual-Fuel™ technology that provides customers with diesel engine performance, operating fuel cost savings and low carbon emissions.
Clean Air Power's flagship technology is its patented Dual-Fuel™ system, which enables heavy duty diesel engines to operate primarily on natural gas, with diesel fuel acting as a 'liquid spark plug'. The diesel engine is basically unchanged and retains its high performance and high efficiency 4-stroke diesel cycle. By efficiently burning up to 90% natural gas, customers benefit from lower fuel costs and a lower carbon footprint. Dual-Fuel™ can operate normally on bio-methane and bio-diesel, giving it the potential to be carbon-neutral. Finally, if the natural gas supply runs out, the Dual-Fuel™ system changes seamlessly to operate on 100% diesel, giving complete diesel operational back-up."

Tasmania state will provide a proving ground for other states to follow.
Interesting to note that the company has opened an offices in Southern California where smog is a serious issue and Texas where T Boone Pickens is proposing wind farms in the wind corridor from Texas through the Dakotas into Canada.

The LNG infrastructure in Tasmania shows how natural gas will displace OPEC crude oil in American trucking.

Mad Max

I'am afraid I do not understand. Does the article mean that trucks' tanks are filled by liquid natural gas, i.e. that they are fitted with cryogenic tanks?


I am surprised that they would go to the extra effort of liquifying a gas which is mainly methane. Trucks unlike cars perhaps can carry the extra bulk of 220 bar CNG tanks. They also make poppyseed biodiesel in Tasmania which could be the other fuel component. When the Bass Strait gas fields deplete they can get already liquified LNG from northern Australia -- I expect GCC to announce the involvement of Conoco Phillips in liquified coal seam methane. Gas, coal seam or natural, compressed or liquified, could be a good fuel strategy for Australia which makes you wonder why the Federal government wants to sell it all overseas.

GLP Group

GLP Group has been contracted by BOC to design & construct the Westbury Micro-LNG Plant and surrounding pipeline infrastructure. For further details and related news, visit

GLP Group

GLP Group has been contracted by BOC to design & construct the Westbury Micro-LNG Plant and surrounding pipeline infrastructure. For further details and related news, visit

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