What is LNG?
LNG, or liquefied natural gas, is a clear, odorless,
noncorrosive, nontoxic liquid that is formed when natural
gas is cooled to around -260 Fahrenheit. This shrinks the volume
by about 600 times, making the resource easier to
store and transport through marine shipments. LNG
is not stored under pressure and is not explosive or
flammable in its liquid state, and it cannot be released
rapidly enough to cause overpressures associated with
LNG has been safely handled for several decades,
with LNG vessels having made more than 100,000
voyages without major accidents or safety problems.
The LNG industry is highly regulated by the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department
of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard and the
Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies
to ensure that vessels, facilities and personnel provide
and deliver safe operations and transport.