Natural gas is a leading energy choice to fuel homes, industries, and power plants. It is a clean burning fossil fuel that is vital to our society, economy, and environment. For these reasons, it is imperative to persistently pursue ways to ship and store natural gas from where it is produced to where it is needed for consumption.
LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS (LNG)
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is an economical, flexible, safe, future-forward option to achieve mobility and storage of natural gas.
• Natural gas becomes liquefied natural gas (LNG) when chilled to minus 260 Fahrenheit.
• The cooling changes gas to a liquid and is known as liquefaction process.
• Liquefied natural gas takes up about 1/600th the volume of natural gas in the gaseous state.
• It is odorless, colorless, non-toxic and non-corrosive.
• If spilled, LNG would not result in a slick or require environmental cleanup on water or land.
• LNG evaporates quickly and disperses, leaving no residue.
• The ability to convert natural gas to LNG provides worldwide access to vast natural gas resources.
• Natural gas and LNG are composed primarily of methane (80% – 99%) and also contain small quantities of ethane, propane and heavier hydrocarbons, as well as other minor substances.
• Hazards include flammability, freezing and asphyxia.