LNG takes up a much smaller fraction of space than natural gas. In areas where geologic conditions are not suitable for developing underground gas storage facilities, LNG has provided the opportunity to economically store natural gas. The gas is stored at what are called peak-shaving facilities, for use during high-demand periods. It is stored as a liquid at these facilities until it is needed, at which point it is returned to its gaseous state and sent through pipelines to consumers.
Since the volume of LNG is 600 times smaller than natural gas, it is more efficiently transported over long distances by sea. The real advantage is that LNG allows us to import natural gas from other countries around the world. This expands and diversifies U.S. natural gas supplies, which in turn increases supply reliability and security.
LNG can help meet the growing demand for natural gas in the United States.