What is LNG?

Liquefied Natural Gas

LNG is natural gas that is converted into a liquid by cooling it at atmospheric pressure to approximately -160 °C. LNG is odourless, non-toxic and non-corrosive and is not kept under pressure in this cooled state: it is a cold liquid. LNG is flammable only if it comes into contact with an ignition source in its regasified state and the percentage of the gas in the air is between 5 and 15%.

A long history

The technique of converting natural gas into LNG was developed in Germany in 1893 but it was not until 1941 that the first commercial LNG plant was built. In Europe, gas has been an increasingly important source of energy since the 1960s for both industrial and private consumers. In the Netherlands, LNG is relatively unknown because the Slochteren gas field has so far been able to meet all the country’s natural gas needs.