The Sabine Pass liquified natural gas export terminal in Louisiana made the first LNG shipment from the U.S. lower 48 states in February.
Once thought to be past its peak, and even in decline, U.S. gas production is soaring to all-time highs thanks in large part to innovative extraction techniques, including hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.
The “shale revolution,” as this transformation has come to be known, is driving huge increases in gas demand and, in turn, billions of dollars in infrastructure investment in the U.S. and around the world.
The cover story of the March/April issue of NFPA Journal, “High Volume,” looks at what this enormous rise natural gas use means for inspectors, enforcers, and first responders. From a $20 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Louisiana, to a proposal to construct two massive LNG storage tanks in rural Massachusetts, this potentially flammable substance is making its way to unfamiliar places in quantities once unknown. The article also looks at the provisions in NFPA 59a, Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquified Natural Gas, which is used across the world to ensure the safe design, construction, siting, and operation of LNG facilities.
Read more about the big build out in LNG infrastructure in the U.S., about its increasing use as a fuel for vehicles, and about how and why the U.S. is producing and consuming more gas than ever before, in the new April/May issue of NFPA Journal.
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