Based on its historical safety records and characteristics, LNG ranks as one of the safest and most environmentally friendly energy sources. There have been a relatively small number of incidents in LNG facilities around the world over the past 60 years. This is because of the industry’s focus on safety and the careful design and layout of LNG facilities.
The Énergie Saguenay project will comply with the strictest international practices and standards that have made LNG production and transportation one of the safest processes for surrounding populations, as well as facility workers. And it will meet all safety requirements imposed by the federal and provincial governments.
The siting, design, construction and operation of LNG facility, including tanks and marine infrastructures will be regulated by many federal and provincial agencies.
Énergie Saguenay has secured sufficient land area to safely build and operate the proposed project. All LNG facilities will be equipped with protective containment devices and designed to meet all Canadian earthquake standards
Furthermore, GNL Quebec will focus on safety issues as the company is committed to zero incidents. The Énergie Saguenay project will maintain transparent communications with the community regarding potential project risks and implementation of associated protective measures.
As surprisingly as it may sound, LNG is neither explosive nor toxic. Unlike gasoline or heating oil, LNG will not pollute the marine environment if it was to spill. In the unlikely event that there is an accidental release from a ship, the LNG will vaporize. Because LNG is not transported under pressure, any leak would evaporate more slowly and cover a much smaller area than a pressurized gas, such as propane.
LNG is shipped in specially-designed, state-of-the art tankers. More than 550 of these ships are in operation today, and more than a hundred are currently being built. All have double hulls to prevent spills and refrigerated tanks to keep the LNG at a temperature of -162°C. The isolation space is under constant watch to guard against spills.
These tankers are among the most robust ships worldwide, and the most technologically advanced. They feature an array of sophisticated positioning and communication systems that maintain land contact at all times. Such control systems make LNG tanker shipping one of the safest and best transportation methods: Over the past 40 years and 100,000 trips, no incidents involving major LNG leaks have been recorded, nor has any public or environmental damage been caused.