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Welcome to the Interactive World LNG Map

“It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data,” Sherlock Holmes said in one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous tales

There’s no doubt that data is fundamental to decision making. It’s certainly true for the LNG industry, which is why Shell proudly sponsors this Interactive World LNG Map. Shell has been involved in this industry since its inception, having provided the technology for the world’s first commercial LNG plant in 1964. We are the world’s largest independent producer of LNG. Our leadership position was further strengthened by the acquisition of BG Group. The global LNG market has doubled in size every decade since 1990, reaching ~250 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) in 2015. Shell expects it to reach ~460 mtpa by 2030 – effectively growing twice as fast as that of natural gas.

Three main factors will drive demand. Firstly, Shell expects as many as 50 countries will be importing LNG by 2030, up from around 30 this year, and just 10 at the start of the century. Secondly, LNG has evolved from being a fuel for the electricity supply of a limited number of countries to a truly global commodity that is expanding into areas like powering heavy transport on roads and on water. Thirdly, following the UN global climate agreement reached in Paris, there is renewed commitment from world leaders to achieving a sustainable energy future. Replacing coal-fired power by increasing use of gas – the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon – should be central to any pragmatic and affordable plans to reduce the emissions of both developing and developed economies.

Looking forward, it’s clear to me that LNG has a unique role to play as a long-term partner for renewables as the world seeks to make a transition to a future with much more energy and far fewer emissions. This Interactive World LNG Map, which is packed full of essential information, is an invaluable companion for anyone working in the LNG industry. Happy reading.

Maarten Wetselaar
Maarten Wetselaar
Integrated Gas Director
Royal Dutch Shell plc

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Further Information

About Shell

Shell has been a pioneer in liquefied natural gas (LNG) for more than 50 years. With Shell involvement, Arzew delivered the first commercial LNG liquefaction plant and a Shell managed ship delivered the first commercial cargo from Algeria to the UK, starting today’s global trade.

We have continued to innovate and improve the technology behind LNG, and to find ways to make more LNG available where it is needed around the world. For example, we are building Prelude FLNG, the world’s largest floating LNG production facility, which will unlock gas resources from underwater fields too uneconomic or challenging to reach from land.

Our LNG presence

We are one of the world’s largest LNG shipping operators, managing a fleet of more than 40 LNG carriers in an industry-wide fleet comprising around 450 carriers. Our trading operation markets LNG from Shell, its partners and third parties, helping to meet customers’ long-term energy needs and to respond flexibly to short term changes in demand.

Today Shell has LNG supply projects either in operation or under construction in ten countries. We also have a major interest in a regasification plant in Hazira in India, and long-term access to capacity in several others in Europe, the Middle and Far East and North America.


About LNG

LNG | Liquified natural gas is a clear, colourless and non-toxic liquid which forms when natural gas cooled to around -162°C (-260°F), the boiling point of its main constituent methane (CH4), so that it becomes liquid. The process, known as liquefaction, reduces its volume by a factor of 600, making it more convenient and less dangerous to store and transport. Natural gas is liquefied in a liquefaction plant, transported and stored chilled and under slight pressure, before being converted back into a gas at a regasification plant. In its liquid state, LNG will not ignite. The regasified product is then piped to homes, businesses and industries where it is burnt for heat or to generate electricity. LNG is now also emerging as a cost-competitive and cleaner fuel, especially for shipping and heavy-duty road transport.

LNG Cycle