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Marine CNG and other alternatives have advantages over LNG for niche markets that are isolated from energy infrastructure, but for various reasons have languished behind established LNG transport technologies for years. Liquefying natural gas, storing it as a cryogenic liquid over long distances and then regasifying are expensive and technologically complicated processes requiring high-Capex infrastructure that makes it uneconomic except for very large stranded gas reserves and long transport distances. In contrast, CNG does not need expensive terminals, is technically simple, and has flexibility in loading and unloading options.

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