As demand for natural gas continues to grow at a steady pace, demand for transportation of natural gas will expand. Locations around the globe that produce natural gas beyond local needs look to export markets as a way to generate revenues. While pipelines can meet local and nearby demand, security, political disputes, and the potential of withholding natural gas to adversely affect an economy, make ship transportation of natural gas more attractive. To transport natural gas by ship the gas must first be converted to a liquid form, called Liquified Natural Gas, or LNG. Natural gas is cooled to minus 260ºF (-162ºC) converting it to a liquid form, which is then easier to transport by ship. The cooling and...
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