LNG has been safely transported around the world by ship and truck for more than 50 years with an outstanding safety record. This is partly because of the highly regulated safety systems, and partly due to the nature of LNG itself. It is actually safer to handle than many other fuels. It has no colour or odour and is non-toxic. In its liquid state, it is not flammable. When released as vapour, it dissipates in the air, and cannot explode as readily as propane vapour can do.
While the vapour is flammable, it requires high heat – about 1000°C – to ignite, compared to 550° for propane and 300° for diesel. Even when it does burn, it produces what is known as a “lazy flame”, burning more like a candle than an explosive gasoline flame.
LNG is stored at a relatively low pressure, minimizing the risk of a significant release if a tank is ruptured.
At our new LNG facility in Whitehorse, we have built numerous safety features into the site to prevent mishaps and ensure early detection of any problems.