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Yulara Compressed Natural Gas Transport

  • Location: Alice Springs and Yulara, 440 km south-west of Alice Springs, Northern Territory
  • Components: Gas plants at Alice Springs and Yulara, and a CNG transport operation
  • Start of operation: October 2006

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Energy Developments’ strategic focus on innovative energy solutions is helping deliver clean and reliable power to Australia’s world famous red centre through the Yulara Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Transport Operation.

Energy Developments built, owns and operates the operation which involves compressing natural gas into cylinders in Alice Springs and transporting them 440 km by road trains to fuel the Yulara Power Station.

The Yulara Power Station supplies electricity to Uluru and the local Kata Tjuta community, which hosts more than 400,000 visitors each year, in the World Heritage-listed, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory.

The operation includes gas plants at Alice Springs and Yulara. Gas from the Owen Springs Lateral natural gas pipeline is compressed into carbon-fibre cylinders at the Alice Springs compression station.

The cylinders are mounted on a CNG transport system of crates and trailers for transport from Alice Springs to Yulara. The gas is then decompressed to fuel the 4.5MW power station.

This Yulara CNG Transport Operation is one of the first operations of its type in Australia and is consistent with Energy Developments’ strategy of providing innovative energy solutions in remote areas by replacing or supplementing diesel as the primary energy source.

The operation delivers environmental benefits over diesel because CNG produces lower emissions of particulates, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide.

The economic advantage is the significant reduction in diesel-fuel costs that would otherwise be incurred to run the power station.