Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is natural gas that has been cooled to a liquid state for ease of storage and transportation. It is a crucial component of the global energy trade, providing a cleaner-burning alternative to traditional fuels and enabling the efficient transport of natural gas across long distances.

Safely and Efficiently Moving Canada’s Natural Gas to Global Markets

Poised to shortly be entering the LNG sector, Canada has the new ability to become a major player in global natural gas exports, establishing a new sector in the energy industry for new and transitioning workers to build a meaningful career. The LNG workforce offers a variety of jobs that require diverse skill sets. 

Composition of LNG Workforce

What is LNG? 

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a colourless, odourless, non-corrosive and non-toxic liquid formed by cooling natural gas to approximately -162 degrees C. As a liquid, natural gas is stored at relatively low pressure, and its vapours only burn when exposed to a high heat source at concentrations of between 5% and 15% when mixed with air. 

Liquefied natural gas is 600 times smaller than its gaseous state, increasing the efficiency and affordability of shipping Canada’s natural gas overseas where it’s regasified and piped into homes and businesses to provide heat and electricity.

Did you know?

LNG has one of the highest safety rates of any traditional oil and natural gas-based fuels. 

LNG’s impressive safety record is attributed to stringent industry regulations and continuous advancements in technology, ensuring robust containment and transportation measures. This has not only bolstered confidence in LNG as a reliable and secure energy source but has also contributed to its increasing prominence in meeting the world’s growing energy demands.

Did you know?

The potential for Canada’s LNG industry is strong given our vast supplies of natural gas and the increasing demand for it—particularly in Asia.

Canada’s ports are an 11-day sail closer to consumers in growing Asian markets.  

The LNG opportunity in Canada 

With its plentiful natural gas reserves, it was possible for Canada to become the world’s 6th largest natural gas producer, and develop some of the most technologically advanced infrastructure for producing and transporting natural gas to markets and consumers.

Most of the country’s natural gas is currently shipped via pipelines to markets across North America. Liquefying natural gas presents an opportunity for Canada to access expanded global markets beyond the reach of land-based pipelines. 

LNG Canada

Canada’s first LNG facility will be the LNG Canada project based in British Columbia, which in it’s first phase has an annual capacity of 14 million tonnes of LNG. Other projects have been proposed and are at various stages of planning.

Part of a future ready energy portfolio

Delivering the same amount of energy with significantly lower emissions than other fossil fuels, natural gas is playing an important role in the transition to a more environmentally aligned energy industry. Natural gas is a reduced carbon emitter, growing the demand for LNG around an increasingly environmentally responsible world.   

  • Reduced carbon emissions — Compared to other sources like coal and oil, burning natural gas emits less carbon, reducing the overall greenhouse gases from the same amount of energy produced.  
  • Used with renewables — Natural gas is a flexible electricity generation backup for intermittent renewable energy sources. Having a lower-carbon fossil fuel option to supplement renewable energy enhances the viability of implementing renewable power, combining to create an overall cleaner energy profile.

Working in LNG

A career in LNG facility operation allows workers to harness their existing oil and gas plant operations and maintenance knowledge and dedication to continuous improvement and technical excellence to work in an exciting, emerging sector.

It also is an opportunity to contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions by displacing the use of less environmentally responsible fuels in markets without ready access to natural gas. 

LNG development is an emerging opportunity for Canada’s energy sector. While other countries have worked longer on developing their LNG industry, Canada’s LNG sector is just beginning.  

Planning, infrastructure development, and construction are all ongoing for Canadian LNG, along with market development, regulatory development, and maritime shipping considerations. Taking part in the evolution of a new energy sector offers exciting and rewarding opportunities for job seekers. 

Day in the Life

Teresa Waddington VP of Corporate Relations, LNG Canada

Meet Teresa Waddington, LNG Canada’s Vice President of Corporate Relations who believes in making change from inside the energy sector. 

Read Teresa's story

“Since that first job, I’ve worked across projects, commercial, front-end development, maintenance, operations, health safety security and environment (HSSE) and now in corporate relations.”