The Compressed Gas Association created a new Natural Gas Technology Committee to address unique topics related to liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG).

The committee scope includes cryogenic and non-cryogenic equipment and procedures related to the conditioning, compression/liquefaction, storage, distribution, and usage of LNG and CNG.

“The use of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas has increased significantly in the US and Canada over the last decade. Consensus safety standards developed by CGA’s new committee are needed to address safety topics related to this expansion of LNG and CNG. Individual state agencies are presently forced to develop their own requirements for LNG and CNG applications because adequate guidance for the scope of issues being addressed by our new Natural Gas Technologies Committee is not currently available,” said Michael Tiller, president and CEO of the Compressed Gas Association.

“Failure to take action to develop common standards can result in the adoption of inconsistent, ambiguous, or contrary state or jurisdictional requirements, and/or requirements that are impracticable. The Compressed Gas Association will work to create a safe, effective and standardised approach to the issues of this growing industry.”

Proposed standards and guidelines to be generated by the committee include:

·        Safe Handling and Operations – This publication will provide requirements and guidance for the safe handling of natural gas to ensure that natural gas is supplied under safe conditions, and to protect personnel handling natural gas.

·        Customer Station Design and Operation – This publication will contain minimum standards for natural gas supply systems. It would provide recommendations for the design, installation, and operation of natural gas supply systems.

·        Production Facility Design and Operation - This publication will address natural gas plant operations and apply to safety in the design, location, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of natural gas production facilities.

·        Transportation and Transfer - This publication would include requirements for the design, operation, and maintenance of cargo tanks of liquefied natural gas and cylinders for compressed natural gas.

The committee will consider additional topics for standards and guidelines as needs are identified.

The Natural Gas Technology Committee will hold its first meeting in October. Any CGA member company is invited to participate. Companies wishing to join CGA to participate in this work effort should visit www.cganet.com and select the membership link for more information.

The topic of the need for safety standards was highlighted at gasworld’s recent African conference. Herose’s Keith Stewart stated that LNG has a bright future in the Industrial Gases Sector - but only if it is used safely and standards for its safe usage are drawn up and enforced.

To read Mr. Stewart’s speech from the conference, and more, click on the relevant links on the gasworld.com website.