LNG Consortium Website Overview
LNG Consortium Participation
The LNG Consortium is not affiliated with any other industry associations. Due to the fundamental requirement that participants be able to openly discuss their operations, one operator to another, participation is restricted to individuals directly responsible for LNG plant operations or technical staff directly supporting such operations. Generally, employees above the plant manager or engineer level will not participate in the LNG Consortium. Any deviations from these guidelines must be approved by the steering committee.
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LNG Consortium Background
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) has become a crucial part of the worlds energy supply. From peak shaving plants to import and export base-load terminals, LNG is becoming a bigger player in the natural gas supply chain than ever before. Despite this growth, LNG technical support from the home office remains scarce for many LNG plant operations staffs. Many LNG operators continue to be the sole LNG experts for their companies.
In 1967, feeling the pressure of being isolated in this highly technical field, a group of LNG operators formed the LNG consortium. This consortium was to serve as an informal gathering of LNG operators where ideas, lessons learned, and best practices could be shared openly. Here is a quote from the original LNG consortium background information document:
"It is the objective of this consortium to accumulate and use the practical experiences of its membership to advance the state of the art. By this means, we can improve the efficiencies of our individual operations and provide a solid base for future growth of this new technology."
Although this statement was written long ago, and many things have changed in our industry, it is still fairly accurate. However, the current LNG consortium steering committee strongly believes that one thing is still missing: Safety! As a matter of fact, we believe it should be added at the front of any purpose statement that it may write. Thus, a new purpose statement might read:
"The purpose of this consortium is to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices with the goal of enhancing the safety, reliability and efficiency of each participants plant operations."
The order in which the goals are listed is no accident. We believe that, although we clearly want to be as efficient as possible, we want to be safe and reliable first.