Micro-Cell LNG plant arouses interest

WESFARMERS subsidiary Kleenheat has registered interest in the Micro-cell LNG plant, which has been developed at the Woodside Research Foundation at Curtin University.

Kleenheat business development manager Rod Jones met with Core-Laboratory managing director Tony Kennaird and Woodside Research Foundation chair Robert Amin to discuss the possibilities

of Kleenheat using the technology.

Mr Jones said Kleenheat was only making initial inquires into the technology and no commitment was being made at this stage.

Kleenheat already has a small LNG plant in operation in Kwinana which, according to Mr Jones, the company wants to keep under wraps although he did say the Micro-Cell was substantially smaller.

The new Micro-Cell LNG plant has the potential for cost savings of around 25 per cent over conventional onshore facilities. It is small enough to be used on marginal fields on-site to avoid costly transporting costs and can produce 1,200 litres of LNG a day.

Dr Amin, who is employed by Woodside’s renewable energy arm, said Metasource has the first right of refusal to adopt the technology. It is currently undertaking a feasibility study into the plant.

“At the moment Metasource is looking at the option for using it as a fuel station. They are evaluating to see if they can enter such a market.”

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