What is LNG Really?


Disclaimer: Annova LNG, an Exelon Generation Company, is one of my clients. Unless you've been living under a rock in the RGV, you've probably heard that the Port of Brownsville is being considered for several LNG transfer facilities, one of which being the mid-scale Annova LNG Brownsville Project.  Some great reporting from Sergio Chapa of the San Antonio Business Journal on LNG's safety:

I learned a lot about the safety of LNG that day. LNG is liquified methane gas, a very common substance made by people, cows and dead dinosaur bones buried under the Earth. It vaporizes very quickly going from a liquid to a gas in a short amount of time. LNG can never pollute water because it does not mix with it. Instead, LNG sits on the surface of water until every last molecule boils off.

Knight demonstrated it by pouring some LNG into a glass beaker of water and taking a drink of the water after the LNG boiled off. The glass was cold and covered in beads of condensation.

And with an ignition point of 1,100 degrees, it also takes a lot more than a match or a lit cigarette to ignite LNG. Knight, who doesn't smoke, lit a cigarette and dumped it into the LNG and nothing happened. The bubbling liquid put out the cigarette on contact.

For you skeptics out there, LNG is safe.