Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) is natural gas (methane) - the same clean, safe energy source used to fuel our homes and industries - that has been reduced to 1/600th its volume through a sophisticated refrigeration process that cools the gas until it liquefies (minus 260 degrees fahrenheit).
- LNG is liquid natural gas which has been super-cooled to
-260°F and changed from gas to liquid
- Liquefaction reduces volume by 600-to-1
- Stored cold in insulated containers at near atmospheric pressure
- LNG is colorless, odorless, non-corrosive, and non-toxic
- Becomes lighter than air when vaporized
When in a liquid form, natural gas can be shipped long distances safely and economically in specially designed ships with insulated storage tanks. Upon arrival at the Cheniere LNG terminals, the ships will transfer LNG to insulated storage tanks onshore. The LNG, which has the appearance of mineral water, is neither shipped nor stored under pressure. From the storage tanks, the LNG is pumped to vaporizers, which warm the liquid converting it to its gaseous state for introduction into the nation's natural gas pipeline network.