Stopped before it started: LNG by rail


After being approved in 2020, the bulk movement of LNG by rail has in recent years been under review before ever being rolled out in practice. And now the transport mode has been formally suspended by the Department of Transportation. Christian Annesley gets you up to speed

Liquified natural gas (LNG) production in North America has ramped up in the past two years, to plug the gap left by Russian gas in global markets. But one area where there has been ongoing uncertainty has been the transporting of LNG by rail. First it was permitted, then that decision was under review, and now finally a call has been taken.

In September this year it was decided that moving LNG by rail is not permissible on safety grounds. The Department of Transportation (DOT) made the decision, suspending a rule brought in under the Trump administration that allowed LNG movements by rail across the country without even a special permit.

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