South China Sea

As the engineer for Phillips Petroleum Co.'s Kenai, Alas., LNG plant, I spend a lot of time explaining to people the risks and benefits of LNG. A recent article contained misleading statements about the risk posed by LNG tankers (OGJ, Oct. 18, 1999, p. 24).The statement, "Violence on ships could lead to an environmental catastrophe, either a major oil spill or-even worse-an explosion on an LNG tanker," greatly exaggerates the risk from LNG. An LNG tanker cannot cause a major explosion.Modeling of major LNG releases using the Baker-Strehlow method shows a maximum overpressure of 0.15 psi. An overpressure of least 0.2 psi is required to break glass (API RP 752, Sec. 3.2.3, Table 3). LNG...

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