For more than three decades, Levon Termendzhyan has been working in the oil and gas industry. He divides his time between serving as the owner and operator of several fuel stations, as well as an equity owner of Viscon USA and numerous joint venture projects. Dedicated to staying abreast of changes in the field, Levon Termendzhyan recently installed liquid natural gas (LNG) capabilities at a couple of his truck stops.
A non-toxic, odorless natural gas, the creation of LNG occurs when natural gas is cooled down to -260 degrees Fahrenheit. During this cooling process, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, water, and sulfur compounds are removed, thereby ensuring that LNG is almost entirely made up of methane.
Since this process removes so many extra components in natural gas, LNG only takes up 1/600th of the space of gaseous natural gas. Thanks to this smaller size, it is more easily transported to and stored at a wider range of locations, including areas where natural gas is normally unavailable. This expands consumer access to LNG.
As more people use LNG over gasoline, they promote better environmental health. Greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle maintenance needs are reduced by 30 to 40 percent when LNG is used. Less CO2 is emitted by this type of gas and LNG is completely free of sulfur emissions.
Furthermore, there is no need to clean up an LNG leak since it evaporates without leaving any residue, which reduces water usage. Keeping this form of natural gas as a liquid also requires no energy usage.