1965-2015: 50 years of innovation in Liquefied Natural Gas
March 28, 1965 saw the first delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Port of Le Havre. Today, ENGIE applies its experience at every link in the LNG chain right around the world. We look back on 50 years of Group expertise and innovation focused on developing the natural gas supply chain.
It was just after the Second World War and the discovery of the Hassi R'mel gas field in Algeria, that the Group took up the challenge of transporting natural gas in its liquid state and began to invest in research.
On March 28, 1965, the Jules Verne made its first delivery of LNG to the Le Havre terminal, creating the first LNG supply chain between France and Algeria, and giving birth to an industrial adventure in which the Group has always been at the forefront. This initial success and the innovations that have followed established ENGIE as an LNG industry pioneer and leader.
With a fleet of 14 LNG carriers around the world, the Group is now Europe's leading importer of LNG, and operates the world's fourth-largest LNG portfolio, supplying 16.4 million metric tons per year.
ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 154,950 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €69.9 billion in 2015. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20).