The Australian LNG export industry is dominated by large-scale processing plants and continuous production from a variety of natural gas reservoirs located both on- and off-shore. Their business model is based on the amount and reliability of LNG production over decadal time frames.
The technical challenges affecting this export industry’s competitiveness may be classed as follows:
- Amount of LNG that can be made per day (throughput limitations).
- Energy required to make, store and transport the LNG (efficiency limitations).
- Unplanned shutdowns interfering with contractual supply requirements (reliability limitations).
- Compositional changes in the natural gas source feeding the plant (gas quality limitations).
- Inability to extract & monetise high-value components in the gas (value-add limitations).
Many of these indicative projects will ideally be conducted using novel, industrial scale research infrastructure established through the Kwinana Energy Transformation Hub (KETH), which will be a foundation project of the Future Energy Exports CRC. Details about the KETH, which is currently in Front End Engineering Design (FEED), can be found here.