Liquefied natural gas, also known as LNG, is what you get when you take natural gas and cool it down to -162 degrees Celsius.

Cooling the natural gas changes it from a warm gas into a very cold liquid that takes up less than 1/600th of the space. That makes it easier and safer to store and ship.

As an example, by turning natural gas into LNG, you can take the same amount of natural gas that would fill 600 ships, and send it as a liquid in just one ship.

Once the LNG arrives overseas it is converted back into natural gas and used to heat homes, cook food and power industrial facilities and vehicles.

LNG is colourless, odourless, non-corrosive, non-toxic, non-flammable and non-explosive.

LNG is less dense than water or soil. This means that LNG cannot mix with water or soil.

LNG has been around for a long time. Major LNG plants, like the one proposed for Sarita Bay, began operating in the 1960s. There are currently 32 major LNG export plants in operation around the world.


For more information:

BC LNG Alliance
BC’s LNG Strategy
BC’s Natural Gas Strategy
Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG)
LNG 101 (Government of BC)
Ministry of Natural Gas Development

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