COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS TRANSPORTATION: AN ALTERNATIVE TO PIPELINES IN AUSTRALIA

Compressed natural gas (cng) is now well established in a number of countries as an alternative to liquid fuel for private cars and commercial fleets. This paper describes cng process and transportation systems which could have application in Australia. Petroleum reserves containing marginal gas reserves located remote from gas transmission lines represent a serious challenge in gas resource management. Often the revenue from gas sales, based on the estimated reserves in such fields, will not justify the cost of pipeline construction and, as a result, many such wells are never produced commercially. The patented process of gas production, treatment and transporting cng by truck as an alternative to pipeline construction can be used to convey gas to commercial markets until either the reserve estimates are amended upward thus encouraging pipeline construction, or until the field is depleted. It also can be used as an alternative to flaring gas during short-term well tests or long-term production of associated gas in oil wells. Finally, cng bulk transportation can be used in conjunction with existing natural gas lines to service remote demand centres which, to date, cannot enjoy the benefits of natural gas as pipeline laterals are uneconomic. This paper describes current uses and costs of cng transportation systems. (Author/TRRL)

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 108-112
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 84/9

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00396107
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-85825-212-0
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1986 12:00AM