Thirty years ago, in 1964, the first LNG chain started up, with three tankers carrying 1.4 . 109 (s)m3/year of LNG (1 Mt/year) of natural gas from Algeria to England and France. Today, 73 tankers navigate between 12 liquefaction plants and 29 regasification terminals, carrying 83 . 109 (s)m3/year (61 Mt/year) of LNG, equivalent to about one third of the natural gas consumed in Western Europe in 1993. This article describes the economic and political conditions that have allowed this new means of energy transport to develop; it also presents the typical features of a LNG chain and the most recent technological advances in liquefaction, storage and tanker transport, and attempts to predict how the LNG market will evolve in the future, based on its past development.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Bull Intl Inst Refrigeration, v 76 n 1, 1996, p 5 [7 p, 2 tab, 3 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Dufresne
    • J-P
    • Renaudin, G
  • Publication Date: 1996


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00718927
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM