LNG is a much cleaner fuel than coal, which means it will play an important role in the future of our planet’s environment.
Origin’s part in LNG production
Australia Pacific LNG, a company partly owned by Origin1, will shortly commence exporting liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to customers in Asia. This will contribute to the global challenge of reducing carbon emissions by allowing higher carbon fuels like coal to be replaced with natural gas.
8 facts about LNG
1. It’s liquid
LNG refers to gas in a liquid form and is produced by cooling gas to -161°C.
2. It’s cooled and compressed
When gas is cooled into a liquid form, its volume falls to 1/600th of its original size, like compressing a beach ball to the size of a ping pong ball. This allows the gas to be stored and transported more efficiently, as well as making it safer to transport because it’s not stored under pressure and is not explosive if released into the atmosphere.
3. It’s used to generate electricity for our homes and businesses
Gas is transported from Australia Pacific LNG’s reserves in the Bowen and Surat basins in southwest Queensland via a pipeline to the processing trains located at Curtis Island, off Gladstone. Here it’s fed into giant processing “trains”, cooled to -161°C and stored in two 160,000m3 storage tanks from where it is loaded onto ships bound for export. When it arrives, the LNG is heated in a process called “re-gasification” before being sent to power stations to generate electricity.
4. It puts Australia on the energy map
Australia Pacific LNG is a joint venture between Origin, ConocoPhillips and Sinopec. It is the largest of the three LNG projects in Queensland and its LNG facility will have a nameplate capacity of 9 million tonnes a year of LNG once two trains are fully operational.
5. It’s cleaner than coal
As a cleaner fuel than coal, LNG stands to play an important role in helping lower emissions globally where it is used instead of coal to generate electricity.
6. Australia is set to become the largest exporter
Australia is expected to become the world’s largest exporter of LNG in 2018, overtaking Qatar.
7. LNG is set to boost Australia’s economy
LNG will become a major export industry and is expected to boost GDP by an average 0.75 percentage points in 2016 and 20172.
8. We have enough to share
Australia has ample reserves of natural gas to support the energy needs of our population of 24 million, as well as for export.
The Australia Pacific LNG facility on Curtis Island.
1. Origin owns a 37.5 per cent interest in Australia Pacific LNG.
2. Reserve Bank of Australia