Tokyo Gas unveils world's largest LNG storage tank
NHK -- Mar 14
Tokyo Gas has unveiled the world's largest underground liquefied natural gas storage tank to media. In Japan, demand for the resource has been rising as most of the country's nuclear power stations were shut down after the 2011 disaster.
The utility began building the tank four years ago in Yokohama City, near Tokyo.
It measures 72 meters in diameter and is nearly 62 meters deep. The tank can store up to 250,000 kiloliters, enough to meet the average annual needs of about 360,000 households.
To prevent leaks, the tank's interior is covered by 2-millimeter-thick stainless steel plates.
The utility says the tank could also be used to store shale gas. It adds that it plans to start using the tank in November after its completion in July.
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