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Yulara Compressed Natural Gas Transport Project

Yulara CNG unloading facility
Yulara CNG unloading facility

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 system
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 Transport Project.

The Yulara (CNG) Transport Project fuels the power station supplying electricity to the World Heritage-listed, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory.

Energy Developments built, owns and operates the project which involves compressing natural gas into cylinders in Alice Springs and transporting them to the Yulara power station, 18 kilometres (km) from Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock.

The power station services Uluru and the local Kata Tjuta community, which hosts more than 400,000 visitors each year.

The project, built on Energy Developments' long standing relationship with Territory Generation, includes gas plants at Alice Springs and Yulara.

Under the agreement, Energy Developments will supply up to 250 terajoules (TJ) of fuel to the power station each year.

The project includes gas plants at Alice Springs and Yulara. Gas from the Palm Valley to Alice Springs 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 to be hauled 440 km by road trains from Alice Springs to Yulara. The gas is then decompressed to fuel the 4.5 megawatt (MW) power station.

This Yulara CNG Transport Project is one of the first projects 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 project 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.