What is LNG?
LNG stands for ‘Liquefied Natural Gas’ and is mainly composed of methane. It’s created by freezing natural gas to less than -162 degrees Celsius which converts it from a gas to a liquid, making it 600 times denser. It is stored in insulated tanks under low pressure.
What is LNG used for?
LNG is used to run power generators where there is no electricity supply, in places such as mining sites.
It can also be used in areas where there is no network of piped natural gas. The LNG can be converted back to a gas once it has been transported to its destination and used in the same way that piped natural gas would be.
LNG also fuels machinery used in industrial food processing.
What are the benefits of using LNG?
LNG is a cheaper and cleaner alternative to diesel.
Depending on the engine, those running on LNG produce between 8 – 25% less Green House Gas Emissions than those fuelled by unleaded petrol or diesel.
Australia also has an abundant supply of natural gas, estimated to be the equal to 184 years of supply.
Increasing the use of LNG domestically, as an alternative to imported oil, will help improve Australia’s fuel security.
It is also a cost effective fuel for transportation over long distances, as natural gas is 600 times denser in liquid form.