Gaseous Fuels for Transport and Heavy Machinery Working Group - 12th August

Following a recommendation by the South Australian State Government’s Roadmap for Oil and Gas Projects a ‘Gaseous Fuels for Transport and Heavy Machinery’ working group has been established to investigate ways to increase the states uptake of commercial gas fuels.

The new working group, working group #7 of the wider Unconventional Gas Interest Group, held its inaugural meeting in Adelaide on the 27th of May.

According to the group’s webpage gaseous fuels for transport and heavy machinery have had limited uptake due to a lack of cohesive policy and investment frameworks.

The working group has set three aims for 2015;

  • To develop a Terms of Reference,
  • Identify barriers to investment and market update in gaseous fuels, and
  • To determine opportunities to remove barriers across industry and government.

It is hoped following this process the working group can help establish an appropriate framework that considers infrastructure, market drivers, engine technology and best practise regulatory environments to stimulate the update of LNG, CNG and LPG as a fuel for transport and heavy machinery.

According to Gas Energy Australia CEO Mike Carmody, who presented at the inaugural meeting, “gas-powered vehicles produce up to 23 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their petrol and diesel powered counterparts, as well as up to 90 per cent less dangerous particulate pollution.”

The working group is to meet again in 2015 but in the meantime anyone that is interested in the working group is invited to contact the Department of State Development at dsd.petroleum@sa.gov.au.