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 a popular choice of fuel for heavy vehicles that travel long distances, such as trucks. LNG is also used as a fuel for marine vehicles such as ships and ferries.
What are the benefits of using LNG?
LNG’s energy density makes it an ideal alternative to diesel for long-haul trucks which can easily accommodate tanks for the fuel. It’s cheaper than diesel and is also less polluting. Depending on the engine, vehicles 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 equivalent of 184 years of supply. Increasing the use of LNG domestically, as an alternative to imported oil, will help improve Australia’s fuel security.