EVOL LNG is considering ethane, a hydrocarbon produced as part of the LNG production process, to be an attractive new business opportunity and worth investigating for usage in the refrigeration industry and for specialty gases.

EVOL LNG’s Business Manager Nick Rea said “Our high purity, cryogenic ethane has extremely low levels of moisture, sulfur and other contaminants making it ideal for the refrigeration industry and for specialty gases.”

EVOL LNG are currently the only Australian producer of cryogenic ethane for the refrigeration or specialty gases industries.

Rea continued, “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,” he added.

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,” Rea concluded.

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.