Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Definition - What does Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) mean?

Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) is a liquid form of gas, primarily methane (CH4) that is kept in a liquescent form for easy storage. The foremost reason of dissolving the gas to fluid form is to help in transporting it. The gas, in its liquefied form is clear, non-hazardous and colourless. Despite its fluid form, it is still a natural gas.

Petropedia explains Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

The process of liquefying the gas involves abstraction of elements such as hydrocarbon, acidic gases, helium, dust or water. This ensures that the gas is light and able to travel. Further, the natural gas is cooled at a temperature of -260 °F (-162 °C). The cooling then condenses the gas into a liquid state, making it easy for transportation.

Cooling is extremely important part of liquefaction of the natural gas, as it helps in lessening the volume of gas as well as helps in lightening it by eliminating other elements. Being in its fluid form, LNG is generally considered to be safe and non-hazardous, ready to be provided to homes and commercial places. It is also a preferred form of safe gas, because even if it spills, it evaporates and causes little to no harm to the ground or environment.

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