- The Project
- Our Commitment
- Regulatory Process
Safety is our top priority.
LNG has been shipped safely around the world for over 50 years. Both pipeline and LNG facilities are subject to stringent rules, regulations and environmental standards.
To remain a liquid, the natural gas must be kept at -260 degrees Fahrenheit. Above that temperature, the LNG transforms from a liquid into a vapor lighter than air.
Safety is built into the full lifecycle of a pipeline, starting with design, construction, operation and eventually retirement. Pipeline routing will be optimized to reduce impacts and risks to the environment, population, and to reduce integrity concerns. The pipe, coatings and components will be manufactured to specifications that meet or are more stringent than industry standards. Once the project is in operation, highly-trained personnel will use the latest technology and inspection tools to monitor the ongoing flow of natural gas through the pipeline.
Security is an important consideration to both the Alaska LNG Project participants and the State of Alaska. Notably, security measures for land-based LNG facilities and onshore portions of marine terminals as well as the pipeline are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). The USDOT will also regulate the pipeline, gas treatment plant and portions of the liquefaction plant. Further, security measures for offshore portions of marine terminals are regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).
You can’t see it or smell it. Touching it would be out of the question since its temperature hovers hundreds of degrees below zero Fahrenheit. While liquefied natural gas (LNG) might not sound familiar, millions of people use the non-toxic and non-corrosive gas every day. Like natural gas, LNG is around 90 percent methane. It also contains smaller proportions of ethane, propane and butane.
The only differences between LNG and the natural gas that most of us use when heating our homes is the way in which the gas is processed.
Like steam becomes water when its temperature drops, natural gas becomes LNG at minus 260 Fahrenheit or minus 160 degrees Celsius. The LNG is then stored at normal atmosphere pressure to maintain its state.
Imagine downsizing a boulder to a grain of sand; the process of changing natural gas to LNG reduces the volume by 600 times. The reduced volume of LNG gives producers the flexibility to transport fuel based on market demands rather than being limited by market distance.
The Alaska LNG Project is anchored by the Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson fields. These fields are expected to deliver on average about 3.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day with about 75% from the Prudhoe Bay field and 25% from the Point Thomson field.
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