What is liquefied natural gas, and how is it used?
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is natural gas in a liquid state. We cool natural gas to a temperature of -162°C so it becomes liquid, which takes up much less storage space than gas so it’s more efficient to store and to transport.
More about LNG
When natural gas is cooled to -162°C, it liquefies and condenses - roughly the equivalent of shrinking a beach ball to the size of a ping pong ball. Liquefied natural gas is a lower-carbon fuel that has significantly less sulphur oxides, particulates, or nitrogen oxides emissions when compared with coal or diesel.
Liquefied Natural Gas is not flammable or explosive in its liquid form which means converting natural gas to LNG is one of the safest ways to transport energy. Learn the facts about LNG safety.
How our customers use LNG
- Liquefied natural gas has an important role in providing the Lower Mainland with a vital backup energy supply on some of its coldest days.
- Liquefied natural gas is a lower-carbon fuel compared to diesel that can be used for trucks, trains and ships, or it can be converted back into natural gas for residential and commercial use. FortisBC also uses LNG to supplement the Lower Mainland gas supply during periods of high demand.
- BC Ferries and Seaspan Ferries as well as heavy-duty trucking customers such as Vedder Transport Ltd. and Ken Johnson Transport use LNG as a lower-carbon, affordable fuel for their fleets.
- FortisBC is the leading Canadian provider of low carbon, affordable LNG via ISO containers1 for regional and international markets to help meet the growing demand for cleaner energy. Liquefied natural gas is a lower-carbon fuel that has significantly less sulphur oxides, particulates, or nitrogen oxides emissions when compared with coal or diesel. Currently, LNG produced at FortisBC’s Tilbury LNG facility is for sale in both local, regional and international markets.
- Tilbury is designed to be one of the cleanest LNG facilities in the world. It is powered by renewable hydroelectricity and produces LNG with nearly 30 per cent less carbon intensity than the global LNG supply, on average.
1 An ISO container is a standard-sized shipping container designed to carry LNG.