LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) properties and reliability:
- IF LNG SPILLS INTO THE WATER
LNG does not dissolve in water, it is a substance that evaporates on contact with water without mixing and without leaving any residual.
- LNG IS NOT TOXIC.
If LNG is poured into a glass of water, once the gas has evaporated the water can be drunk. It does not cause pollution on sea nor on the seabed.
- IN CASE OF AN LNG SPILL?
LNG is stored in the plant at atmospheric pressure and low temperatures (cryogenic); in the unlikely case of a spill, it would disperse in the air evaporating without leaving any residual. If LNG spills on the ground, it evaporates and leaves no residual to clean up.
- CAN LNG BURN?
LNG is not inflammable except in very particular conditions which cannot occur inside the regasification terminal or the LNG carrier (it must be in a closed saturated environment, mixed with a percentage of oxygen between 10 and 15% being simultaneously in contact with an ignition source).
- CAN LNG EXPLODE?
LNG even in contact with fire does not explode or create flames, it originates a lazy flame which evaporates without causing any shock wave. In confirmation of this, it is well known that during the Iran-Iraq war a ship carrying gas at low temperature, the Gaz Fountain, was hit by 3 missiles and started to burn. The crew was able to put the fire out and subsequently get the 93% of the cargo back without any further incident.