Safety is important to Golden Pass because we work here, we live here and our families and friends live here. It all starts with keeping everyone safe.
To Golden Pass LNG, safety is a core value and is reflected in all aspects of the terminal, pipeline and ships. High industry standards of operation and maintenance – as well as government regulations— are continuously met.
The Golden Pass Terminal has demonstrated an excellent safety record since construction began, with more than 6 million work-hours without a lost-time injury. Since operation, there have been zero lost-time injuries in the Golden Pass employee base.
Golden Pass LNG follows in the footsteps of an outstanding LNG industry safety record, spanning over 50 years:
- The global industry is thoroughly committed to the highest standards of safety.
- Over the life of the LNG shipping industry only eight incidents occurred worldwide.
- LNG carriers have safely traveled more than 128 million miles, a distance equal to more than 5,000 times around the equator.
- There have been no collisions, fires, explosions or hull failures or loss of containment or loss of life.
LNG itself is a safe, odorless, non-toxic and environmentally-friendly fuel. Once LNG is converted to natural gas, it produces relatively low emissions when burned to heat homes, generate electricity and fuel vehicles. When exposed to the environment, LNG rapidly evaporates and disperses, leaving no residue on water or soil. LNG can only burn in a highly unlikely combination of events – if it is vaporized, mixed with the right amount of air and provided a source of ignition.
LNG ships are designed for safe operations in accordance with stringent industry and government standards. All ships are double-hulled, with more than six feet of space between the outer and inner hulls and the cargo tanks to prevent leakage or rupture in the event of an accident. LNG ships are also equipped with sophisticated leak detection technology, emergency shutdown systems, advanced radar and positioning systems, and numerous other technologies designed to provide for the safe transport of LNG.
The safe transportation of LNG involves a comprehensive and disciplined approach that helps build on past successes and strengthens the ability to continuously improve performance. Proven management systems help maintain an unwavering focus on incident prevention and an appropriate emphasis on robust emergency response plans and capabilities should the need arise.
Golden Pass LNG works with local, state and federal authorities and industry partners to ensure public safety. Collaborative efforts include:
- A U.S. Coast Guard-approved security plan for the terminal and vessels.
- Coast Guard and Jefferson County Sheriff's Department patrols on the Sabine-Neches Waterway
- Experienced Sabine Pilots specialize in assisting the captain of vessels to safely transit hte Sabine-Neches Waterway. In addition, inbound (loaded) LNG tankers are accompanied by specially designed (tractor) tugs that are equipped with fire-fighting capability. There is always one operational tug on standby whenever an LNG tanker is berthed.
The Golden Pass LNG Terminal is specially designed to meet U.S. regulations and contain the impact of an accidental LNG release. Stored at atmospheric pressure, the LNG in each tank is contained by multiple layers: an inner wall of high nickel steel surrounded by a three-foot-thick wall of reinforced concrete. Modern LNG tanks have never had a crack failure in their 35-year history.
There are also numerous safety systems in place at the terminal - such as leak detectors, alarms, fire and deluge systems, and LNG containment systems - to ensure the safety of the terminal, its workers and the surrounding community. All staff members are trained to meet specially designed safety policies and procedures.
In accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations, Golden Pass LNG additionally carries out many security measures for the terminal, including patrols and inspections.