What is LNG?
LNG is natural gas that has been converted into its liquid form by being cooled to -260° F. At that point it becomes a highly stable liquid, and its volume is reduced by a factor of more than 600. In its liquid state, LNG is the most efficient method for transporting and storing natural gas over long distances.
For more than 50 years, LNG has been safely and securely shipped around the world. It is used as a reliable fuel for a variety of purposes, including generating electricity, heating homes, cooking food, and much more.
LNG is a safe, environmentally friendly fuel. It is an odorless, non-toxic and non-corrosive liquid that evaporates quickly and disperses without leaving any residue. LNG is not stored under significant pressure. When vaporized, it is not explosive in an uncontained environment. Natural gas from vaporized LNG generated much lower levels of air emissions than other fossil fuels, such as oil and coal, and it emits 25% fewer greenhouse gases than diesel.
LNG is produced from a variety of locations around the world with large natural gas reserves.
LNG is transported by specialized carriers with insulated walls, specifically designed to handle the low temperature of LNG. Transportation of LNG via ship has a long record of safe operation. With a shipping history more than 50 years long, LNG ships have traveled more than 151 million miles without a major incident. This outstanding safety record can be attributed to continuous improvement in technology and safety equipment, as well as to comprehensive safety regulations and effective government oversight.