US company trying to bust the LNG myth

Global energy company ConocoPhillips and Evol LNG brought liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the centre stage at a live demonstration in Melbourne last week – trying to bust myths about the safety of the product at the forefront of Australia’s multi-billion dollar energy industry.

US LNG expert Peter Micciche travelled to Australia to demonstrate the non-toxic and non-explosive properties of LNG using a beach ball, a balloon and even a goldfish.

ConocoPhillips Australia-West President, Todd Creeger said the objective of the LNG demonstration was to build community awareness of the industry’s long track record of safety. “As an energy provider we take safety very seriously, and the LNG story helps to bust misconceptions about LNG safety, while highlighting the environmental and economic benefits,” he said.

“We are delighted to be able to showcase this live LNG demonstration to our eastern states customers to show that LNG is a safe and economical fuel source,” Evol LNG Business Manager, Nick Rea added. “Over time, the use of LNG as a transport fuel has become a more attractive option due to reduced particulate, CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions compared with traditional transport fuels.”

LNG is natural gas that has been cooled into liquid form at -161C so it can be safely transported around the world. It is said to be an important part of Australia’s energy future and supporting a global low emissions future – with billions of dollars’ worth of projects on the drawing board. Already, natural gas is used in homes and businesses for cooking, heating, electricity generation, vehicle fuel, manufacturing and other industrial uses.

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