LNG Safety Research Report to Congress
May 2012

The February 2007 Government Accountability Office Report (GAO Report 07-316), Public Safety Consequences of a Terrorist Attack on a Tanker Carrying Liquefied Natural Gas Need Clarification, identified several key Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) research priorities highlighted by a GAO-convened panel of experts on LNG safety in order to provide the most comprehensive and accurate information for assessing the public safety risks posed by LNG tankers transiting to LNG facilities. To address these issues, Congress provided funding to the Department of Energy (DOE) to expand their LNG safety research program to focus on the major LNG research priorities contained in the GAO report. Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) supported the DOE in this effort starting May 2008 through May 2011 by conducting a series of large-scale LNG fire and cryogenic damage tests, as well as detailed, high performance computer models and simulations of LNG vessel damage resulting from large LNG spills and fires on water.