Distributive LNG: Where are gases and equipment used?


The natural gas supply chain continues to grow in prominence as part of the more diversified energy mix of today and tomorrow. For the gases industry, this is most relevant in terms of the budding distributive LNG business; the transportation of the gas in its liquid form through a range of modes, from shipboards to semi-trailers and trains to intermodal containers.

The use of LNG and these transport modes improves natural gas distribution, especially in some countries or locations where there is a poor pipeline grid and unfavourable – or non-existent – infrastructure to deliver the gas.

Further still, the continuous transportation cost reduction research carried out by various stakeholders in the LNG sector, as well as the fact that LNG is about 1/600th the volume of natural gas at standard temperature and pressure (STP), renders the distribution of LNG more cost-effective over larger distances (over 3,000km) than transporting the gas by pipeline.

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