A report from international law firm and energy sector specialist Baker Botts L.L.P. says the use of shipping containers is emerging as a cost competitive transport solution that brings the benefits of natural gas to "\u02dcisolated' markets. \n\nBaker Botts Energy Sector Chair and head of the firm's worldwide LNG practice Steven Miles is due to present on the recent trend in containerisation of LNG in an address to the LNG 18 Conference in Perth in early April.\n\n"The natural gas "\u02dcrevolution,' and in particular the rapidly expanding international seaborne LNG cargo trade, is bringing benefits to consumers in many countries through lower energy costs, reduced carbon emissions and a cleaner environment," said Mr Miles.\n\n"However, these benefits have largely been limited to residents of countries with access to a natural gas pipeline system, or a deep-water port facility able to receive large tankers carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG).\n\n"This has created gas "\u02dcislands' by nature of their geographic isolation, or location on a mainland not connected to natural gas sources. These pockets are typically left to use coal, petroleum, or other energy forms that are more expensive and less environmentally friendly than gas or LNG. \n\n"However, emerging commercial, legal and technological developments are now allowing LNG in ISO containers to be delivered to these previously inaccessible LNG market destinations. The containers are typically 40-foot long forms that can be loaded with LNG and shipped by freighter, rail or truck, and delivered to a power plant."\n\nThe LNG 18 conference in Perth next month is the biggest LNG conference and exhibition ever held in Australia and the world's largest event on the 2016 global LNG calendar.\n\nLNG industry professionals from more than 70 countries and hundreds of additional gas industry people will attend the 9-15 April conference for LNG 18, the prestigious triennial event that dominates LNG discussions throughout the world. \n\nThe exhibition component of LNG 18 will showcase more than 250 key companies and organisations.