Speaking at EVOL LNG’s launch of a new dual fuel diesel-LNG system for heavy duty vehicles, Victorian Minister for Ports, Regional Cities, Major Projects and Racing Denis Napthine pledged support for the project by announcing a $2.5 million Regional Development Victoria grant.
Mr Napthine said that the current LNG infrastructure for commercial vehicles in Victoria was limited and further expansion of the infrastructure required investment.
“We need to establish a state-wide network that will eventually lead to a greater investment in LNG vehicles and refuelling infrastructure,” he said. “As a transport fuel, LNG provides us with the opportunity to significantly reduce particulate, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, compared with traditional transport fuels.
“LNG is also a native fuel source and typically fares better in price to diesel fuel.”Article continues below…
In commenting on the grant, Kleenheat Gas General Manager Graham Smith said the company was delighted at the support shown by the Victorian Government to the project.
Mr Smith said, “There are many benefits to using LNG as a transport fuel but a hindrance to greater uptake of the technology has been a lack of refuelling infrastructure. This support is well timed, as it coincides with our launch of the V5000HD dual fuel conversion, which addresses customers’ other concerns about flexible, reliable and affordable engine conversion technology.
“Establishing refuelling stations is a costly exercise with considerable upfront investment required before costs can eventually be recouped. EVOL LNG is therefore extremely grateful for the support shown by the Victorian Government in helping to get the initiative up and running.”
Wodonga is earmarked as the first site for a potential refuelling station, based on activity in the north-south transport corridor along the Hume Highway and growing customer demand in the area.