Wednesday 29 March 2017
- EVOL LNG is the only Australian producer of cryogenic ethane for the refrigeration or speciality gases industries
- EVOL LNG has supplied to large international companies
- New line of business alongside its traditional LNG production and distribution business
It may be a colourless, odourless gas but ethane is proving a golden child for EVOL LNG as it looks to develop the business into new and existing markets.
EVOL LNG’s Business Manager Nick Rea said ethane, a hydrocarbon produced as part of the LNG production process, presented an attractive new business opportunity and was worth investigating.
“Our high purity, cryogenic ethane has extremely low levels of moisture, sulfur and other contaminants making it ideal for the refrigeration industry and for speciality gases,” said Mr Rea.
“Interest in ethane is growing, particularly in the refrigeration industry since the widespread phasing out of hydrofluorocarbons, so we’re happy to have a market presence where customers are after a safe and reliable supplier in Australia rather than further afield.
“Customers realise the benefits of a shorter supply chain, with our supply available in close proximity to Fremantle Port.”
Mr Rea said EVOL LNG had previously supplied ethane to a large international LNG project and there was growing interest from the Asia-Pacific region.
“EVOL is the only Australian producer of bulk, cryogenic ethane for these applications so we’re looking to grow the business in Australia and in the Asian market. We are able to ship cryogenic ethane by ISO tank to any destination.
“It’s a new line of business for us but one that is showing promise and our ability to adjust our production processes to meet specific customer requirements is giving us the edge.”
Ethane (C2H6) is part of the group of natural gas liquids that includes propane, butane, iso-butane and pentane
ISO tanks comply with International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) specifications
EVOL LNG is part of Kleenheat, an Australian energy producer and retailer that also produces HC refrigerants and speciality gases such as propane and butane. For more, visit kleenheat.com.au/business/specialty-gases
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