Liquefied Gas Carriers

This article defines “liquefied gas carriers” (LGC) as varying types of vessels including more than 400 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and more than 1,100 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or petrochemical gas carriers in operation around the world. These vessels carry certain gas cargoes on LGCs in a liquefied state versus a gaseous state because it reduces the gas volume considerably. For example, liquefaction of methane gas (LNG) and liquefaction of propane gas (LPG) reduces the volume by factors of 600 and 270, respectively. However, when liquefied, these cargoes become more challenging to store, because of the low temperature and/or high pressure that keeps the cargo in the liquid state. Careful vessel design and operation, along with international safety codes and strict industry guidelines helps to ensure safe liquefied gas shipment. Thus, with increasing shale oil and natural gas production, the United States is set to become a major liquefied gas exporter.

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  • Accession Number: 01608324
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2016 11:22AM