Liquefied natural gas
Liquefied natural gas is made from the same natural gas we use every day in our homes. When natural gas is cooled to -162 °C it liquefies and becomes much more condensed - roughly the equivalent of shrinking a beach ball to the size of a ping pong ball. In liquid form, LNG can be safely and efficiently stored and transported inside a double-walled container similar to a thermos. This allows both for use as a transportation fuel, or shipment overseas to countries moving away from using coal-fired or diesel fuels in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.
Today, we're rethinking the future of energy by supporting the growing use of LNG. It’s part of our target to reduce our customers’ emissions by 30 per cent by the year 2030 and how we’re moving towards a lower carbon future for BC.
What is LNG and how is it used?
LNG is natural gas in a liquid form. It has an important role in providing the Lower Mainland with a vital backup energy supply on some of its coldest days. We also produce LNG as a fuel for transportation, such as marine vessels.
Buying and exporting LNG
FortisBC sells LNG to regional and international customers, helping them lower their global emissions. Exporting LNG can help countries overseas reduce their reliance on higher carbon fuels, such as coal, and make immediate emissions reductions more affordably.
FortisBC owns and operates two LNG facilities on Canada's West Coast. In operation since 1971, our LNG facility on Tilbury Island is located in Delta, BC. Our Mt. Hayes LNG facility is located northwest of Ladysmith on Vancouver Island and has been in operation since 2011.