Tuesday, June 4, 2013

In defense: LNG as a domestic and export product

Various environmentalist groups are calling for a stop to all fracking operations because of the environmental risks involved, and this is likely where most of the opposition to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a domestic and export product is coming from. Advocates of the product, however, insist that the product itself is not as unsafe as most of the public would think.

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Peter Micciche, manager of ConocoPhillips’ Kenai LNG Facility in Alaska, previously shared some facts about LNG that could change how the public perceives it. In his demo, he points out that LNG is less volatile than other hydrocarbon products. As such, a predominant misconception about it leading to massive explosions due to transport mishaps is unlikely to happen.

To liquefy natural gas, it needs to be cooled in a processing facility to about minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit, and then it can be transported to an insulated container. As long as the container releases pressure, the LNG is not going to explode.

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Micciche also demonstrates in the video above how safe the supercooled substance is. One demonstration, which involved pouring LNG into a fish bowl, should serve to dispel fears in transport that are linked to some major oil spills that have occurred in the past.

Meanwhile, LNG retains its appeal to oil and gas companies which are pushing for the widespread use of the product as an industrial and transport fuel. Many also see that with the abundant supply, LNG could also be pushed as an export product.

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Dr. Ali Ghalambor has worked with more than 50 petroleum production and service companies as a top consultant for petroleum engineering matters. Find the latest developments in the natural gas industry on this Twitter page.

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