LNG is stored in large tanks at liquefaction facilities and import terminals. At an import terminal, LNG is stored until it is either reloaded on trucks/LNG ships or turned back into natural gas through regasification and then sent out to consumers in pipelines. .
LNG can also be stored at a floating terminal (Floating Liquefaction Unit, Floating Storage Unit (FSU) , Floating Regas Unit (FRU) or Floating Storage and Regas Unit (FSRU), Floating Units (ships or barges) which generally require lower capital expenditures than onshore terminals but may entail higher operating costs.
The number of LNG import terminals increased from 63 in 2008 to 143 in 2018.
GIIGNL members will find detailed information on LNG regasification terminals on the GIIGNL/SIGTTO information portal: www.lngwebinfo.org
The portal includes an index of LNG terminals, an interactive map, terminal reports and vessel compatibility reports.