Keeping customers warm, safe and secure

LNG tankOn the coldest winter days Rhode Island and much of the northeast depend on liquefied natural gas to maintain the pressure in the natural gas distribution system that keeps furnaces running to warm the region’s homes and businesses. To maintain supplies, we currently rely on imported liquefied natural gas or supply from areas outside New England, which is trucked to local storage facilities.

National Grid LNG, LLC, a National Grid subsidiary, is now proposing to create its own source of liquefied natural gas by building a facility at its existing Fields Point storage area on Terminal Road in Providence. The facility would take natural gas from the local distribution system, cool it to a liquid state and store it in the existing tank, which has operated safely and reliably in this industrial area for many years.

LNG pipesWhy is it important?

Liquefied natural gas is used to supplement the gas supply in the distribution system during periods of peak demand. While other areas of the US meet their peak demands from local gas production or using underground storage built into the earth, New England has no local production or any such geologic formations necessary for underground storage. In New England, using locally stored liquefied natural gas to supplement the supply of natural gas during days of peak winter usage is essential to maintaining adequate gas pressure in the distribution system. In fact, liquefied natural gas provides approximately 40% of our peak day supply in New England.

Check out our video on liquefied natural gas, how the liquefaction process works, and its importance.

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