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Newcastle plant ships first load of liquefied gas

The newly opened AGL Energy Limited’s $310m Newcastle Gas Storage Facility (NGSF) at Tomago, has shipped its first consignment of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The shipment, 17 tonnes of LNG, was supplied to a commercial processing facility in the Hunter.
The NGSF is Australia’s largest LNG facility servicing the domestic market. LNG is produced by purifying and cooling natural gas to -161°C, the point where methane condenses to a liquid form. It is then pumped into the 63, 000 cubic metre insulated storage tank.
AGL’s Executive General Manager, Group Operations, Doug Jackson said initially there would be two to three LNG deliveries a week from the NGSF.