What is LNG?
Liquefied natural gas, or LNG, is natural gas in its liquid form. When natural gas is cooled to minus 259 degrees Fahrenheit (-161 degrees Celsius), it becomes a clear, colorless, odorless liquid. LNG is neither corrosive nor toxic. Natural gas is primarily methane, with low concentrations of other hydrocarbons, water, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen and some sulfur compounds. During the process known as liquefaction, natural gas is cooled below its boiling point, removing most of these compounds. The remaining natural gas is primarily methane with only small amounts of other hydrocarbons. LNG weighs less than half the weight of water so it will float if spilled on water.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS FROM ITALY, CROATIA AND SLOVENIA REPORT ITALY TO EUROPEAN COMMISSION
PULA – Three associations for environmental protection from Croatia, Slovenia and Italy, which make up the network Adriatic GreeNet, have urged the European Commission to launch procedure against Italy for disregarding conventions on environmental protection, representatives of the three associations told a news conference in Pula. The associations said that Italy was planning to build plants for the production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Trieste Bay and that studies on the environmental effects of the project had been made without the knowledge and participation of Slovenia and Croatia, which is why they urge annulling the studies and starting the project anew. The project envisages the construction of an LNG terminal 14 kilometres from the Italian coast as the crow flies, 10 kilometres from the Slovene coast, and some 15 kilometres from the Croatian coast. Another LNG terminal would be built on the coast, some 2.5 kilometres from the border with Slovenia.