Liquefied natural gas is safe, says PTT

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BANGKOK – PTT Public Company Limited, a Thai state-owned oil and gas company, reassured that public that liquefied natural gas is very safe compared to other common fuel types.

Responding to a criticism about the safety of LNG which followed a boat explosion that took place in Saen Saeb Canal, Executive Vice President of the PTT Somkiat Masunthasuwun said the public should not be drawing any conclusions about the incident until investigation results are revealed.

He said LNG is produced by cooling natural gas and has the best safety record of all common fuel types; therefore, it is very difficult for LNG to ignite. In addition, when LNG spills on the ground or water it vaporizes quickly and leaves behind no residues. As LNG vaporizes, the vapor cloud can ignite if there is a source of ignition, but otherwise LNG dissipates completely.

As a result, the executive vice president asked all sides to refrain from making negative criticisms.