The proposed project facilities of Lake Charles LNG will be designed, constructed, operated and maintained to meet or exceed strict federal and international standards. This includes ensuring the right safeguards to protect the community and environment in the unlikely case of a spill or leak.

The storage and loading facilities are designed with containment systems, multiple fire detection and protection systems, including gas leak and fire detectors, alarms, and automatic manual shut-down and fire water systems. Sensors throughout the facility will trigger an emergency shut-down if unsafe conditions are detected.

Lake Charles LNG has conducted extensive baseline testing of water and land environments, all of which help us to design the project with minimum disruption to the surrounding environment and appropriate mitigation measures.

LNG has been safely produced, stored and transported around the world for more than 50 years. In fact, the LNG shipping industry holds one of the best safety records in the shipping industry. According to the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL) more than 77,000 LNG cargoes have been discharged without any major incident.

Similarly, Shell and Energy Transfer have stellar track records of building and operating safe LNG facilities.

LNG Storage

Three LNG storage tanks, each 196 feet (60 m) in diameter and 163 feet (50 m) tall, and a fourth at 232 feet (71 m) in diameter and 205 feet (62 m) tall are the most prominent physical features of the facility. The tanks have a combined capacity of approximately 2.7 million barrels (425,000 cubic meters) of LNG, or approximately 9.0 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of gas. They were specially designed and constructed to store LNG at extremely cold temperatures for sustained periods.

The Lake Charles LNG terminal is designed to stringent standards:

  • Tanks can withstand wind speeds up to 150 mph (67 meters per second)
  • Tanks are rated for earthquake Zone 1
  • Terminal elevation is above the 100-year flood plain and hurricane tidal surge
  • The storage tanks are double-walled and double-bottomed with a suspended internal aluminium roof plate covered by a carbon steel dome
  • The inner tanks are 9% nickel steel and of welded construction
  • The outer tanks are constructed of welded carbon steel
  • Highly efficient insulation fills the void between the inner and outer tanks and covers the inner roof plate

Waterway and Dockage

The Lake Charles LNG terminal is connected to the Gulf of Mexico by a 52-mile (84 km) ship channel. The channel is dredged to a depth of 40 feet (12 m) and is 400 feet (120 m) wide with no overhead obstructions. The turning basin at the terminal is 1,400 feet (425 m) in diameter.

Our flexible docking facilities handle a variety of tanker designs and sizes ranging from 30,000 m³ up to 177,000 m³. The terminal berth is extremely well protected. There is no current in the waterway, and the terminal is seldom affected by high winds.

General Inquiries

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