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RE: [cdn-nucl-l] LNG comeback
There was an explosion of an LNG tank in Cleveland, Ohio in 1944 that killed 135 people and another on Staten Island, NY in 1973 that killed 40. An entire LNG storage area on the north side of Mexico City exploded in 1984, killing 300-500 people. If memory serves, a relatively comprehensive PRA was done on a proposal to build an LNG terminal on the Thames in London. I don't believe the project was ever built. An LNG release on water is particularly problematic, because contact with the water boils some of the gas and the resulting expansion powers the dispersion of the "cloud" of liquid gas, achieving a super-low "viscosity" effect similar to pyroclastic flows, where the rapid motion of the cloud is powered by the expansion of bubbles within it.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
These comments are mine and have not been reviewed and/or approved by my management or by the U.S. Department of Energy.
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> "abundant cheap natural gas from Canadian and U.S. wells conspired to force the plant's closing just two years later, and LNG went into a long hibernation."
> .....as in fact did construction of new nukes : both appear to be set for a comeback now.
> Of course we only hear about terrorist threats to nuke plants.
> One of these LNG ships contains as much potential (chemical) energy as a good-size nuclear bomb...."A single boat load of LNG, gently heated to convert it back into its original gaseous state, is enough to meet the daily energy needs of 10 million typical U.S. homes."
> Will regulations require them to be constructed with containment domes having four-foot thick, steel-reinforced walls ?
> Will there be Greenpeace mock-attacks testing LNG ship & terminal security ? (I wouldn't bet my money on it ).
> POSTED AT 7:10 AM EDT Monday, Oct. 20, 2003
> U.S. opening the taps on energy alternatives
> By BARRIE McKENNA
> From Monday's Globe and Mail
> Cove Point, MD. - When the Norman Lady sailed past the historic Cove Point lighthouse and the towering red-clay cliffs of the Chesapeake Bay shore in July, local residents sat in lawn chairs to watch the spectacle.
> Surrounded by a flotilla of U.S. Coast Guard vessels, the 250-metre Norwegian tanker, with five bulging humps protruding from its deck, nudged up to a massive offshore cement pier.
> Tankers and container ships routinely ply these waters to and from the port of Baltimore. But this ship -- and its cargo -- were special. The Norman Lady's arrival from Trinidad marked the first delivery of super-chilled liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to the Cove Point terminal in 23 years. The plant and its docks were mothballed in 1980.