23rd Jan, 2007

What is LNG and what happens at an LNG terminal?

LNG is a natural gas super-cooled to a liquid state which takes up 1/600th the volume of the original gas. This allows it to be transported in tankers from Africa, the Middle East, and Russia. LNG tankers are immense, averaging 1000 feet in length (new ones even longer), and built like thermos bottles to keep the gas in liquid form. Once at a destination terminal in Maine, the LNG would be piped off the ship and stored on land in huge tanks. It would then be turned back into a gas and transferred to a pipeline for transport to large US markets.

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