Natural gas is liquefied and shipped to our Terminal as part of the Qatargas 2 supply chain

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is natural gas which has been liquefied by cooling it to a temperature of approximately minus 160 degrees centigrade.

In its liquid form, LNG occupies about 600 times less space than as a gas.  This volume reduction permits cost effective storage and transportation of LNG over long distances. 

LNG is:

  • Colourless
  • Odourless
  • Non-corrosive
  • Non-toxic

As the UK's domestic sources of natural gas decline, imported LNG will become an increasingly important source of clean and reliable energy.   

Natural gas burns more cleanly and efficiently than other fossil fuels with carbon emissions significantly lower than coal.

LNG is stored in tanks with extremely efficient insulation. No refrigeration is required. The gas is kept liquid through effective use of insulation without applying additional pressure.

The LNG can be quickly and easily turned back into natural gas and delivered to the UK's homes, businesses and industry via the National Grid pipeline.

The supply chain: the process starts at the gas fields in the Arabian Gulf and ends at the South Hook LNG Terminal in West Wales, where the gas enters the National Grid

Natural gas comes from the North Field, off the coast of Qatar, in the Arabian Gulf. It is extracted and piped ashore where it is refined, processed and liquefied at the Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) is then loaded into specially designed LNG carriers and shipped to Wales, where it is converted back to a gas (regasified) at South Hook LNG Terminal.  The natural gas then enters the National Transmission System, reaching homes and industry across the UK.