GLP Plant, part of the GLP Group which carries out Gas Liquid Processing in Australia, has signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with BOC for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a 50 tonne per day Micro LNG Plant located 35km west of Chinchilla, Queensland (off the Warrego Highway). The signing comes after the successful completion of BOC’s Micro LNG Plant located in Westbury, Tasmania which was commissioned in 2010.
The Queensland plant will be the first plant of its type built on mainland Australia to produce LNG from coal seam gas (CSG) dedicated to help provide an ‘LNG highway’ along the east coast. The LNG highway will involve a series of LNG refuelling stations between Melbourne and Brisbane, designed to fuel heavy road transport vehicles along Australia’s major road-freight routes. BOC has also upgraded its existing LNG plant at Dandenong in Victoria to help service the new refuelling stations.
The plant will use the same technology applied to the Westbury facility and is expected to be producing LNG by the second quarter of 2014. Each LNG production site is sized to allow a further train to be built, supporting future expansion needs.
The development supports a new area that is being investigated within the industry, the ‘virtual pipeline’. This concept involves LNG being trucked to remote locations for use in onsite power generation, or placement of the LNG plant on a stranded pipeline before trucking LNG to the end user.
(This article compiled using information from a GLP Plant press release)