Video: Take a closer look at LNG with FortisBC

Man in a FortisBC jacket tests the temperature of LNG
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Liquefied natural gas, or LNG, is made from the same natural gas you use for cooking and heating in your home every day. We produce LNG by cooling natural gas to -162°C so it can be used as a fuel for trucks and ships, or exported to communities overseas.

LNG has many uses and is one of the safest fuels to transport. We talked to Brent, a member of FortisBC’s LNG education and outreach team to find out what’s unique about LNG.

“At FortisBC, we’ve been working safely with LNG for more than 40 years,” said Brent, a member of the LNG education and outreach team. “It really is an exciting time to be working in LNG with all the different new ways we’re using this fuel.”

Brent travels throughout BC doing live demonstrations and presentations to explain what LNG is, how it’s made and how it interacts with air, water and soil.

“Cooling natural gas transforms it into LNG, a colourless, non-toxic liquid that is much smaller in size,” Brent says. “As a liquid, it’s stored and transported in double-walled insulated tanks.”

LNG is a flexible fuel that can be used for trucks, trains and ships, or it can be converted back into a gas to heat homes and businesses in other countries or in BC communities.

Most people who work with LNG would never see it, or handle it, the way Brent does during his demonstrations. He explains, “LNG is very cold, that’s why I wear safety gear when handling it.”

For a closer look at LNG, watch our video of one of Brent’s LNG safety demonstrations.