Liquefied natural gas (LNG)

LNG is simply gas in a liquid state. We cool natural gas to a low temperature of -162 °C so it becomes liquid, which takes up much less storage space than gas so it’s easier to store and to transport. 

  • Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel.
  • As a fuel, LNG produces relatively low emissions.
  • LNG can help remote communities reduce their reliance on diesel and propane.
  • LNG is odorless, non-toxic and non-corrosive.
  • When exposed to the environment, LNG rapidly evaporates, leaving no residue on water or soil. 
  • In the unlikely event of a spill or leak, once LNG is exposed to air, it will warm up, turn back into a gas, rise and dissipate quickly – leaving no residue. If spilled on water, LNG won’t mix and will vaporize quickly.

How our customers use LNG

  • FortisBC uses liquefied natural gas (LNG) to supplement the Lower Mainland gas supply during periods of peak demand
  • BC Ferries and heavy-duty trucking customers such as Vedder Transport Ltd., Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. and Denwill Enterprises Inc. use LNG as a lower-carbon, lower-cost fuel for their fleets. Learn more about LNG for transportation.
  • Whitehorse, and the town of Inuvik in the North West Territories are offsetting their diesel-fuel utility operations using LNG transported from Tilbury, saving them money and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. We’ve been providing LNG as a fuel for use in remote communities since 1997.
  • Currently, LNG produced at the Tilbury LNG facility is for sale in both local BC markets and regional markets including truck-based exports to the US by other parties.