The first liquefied natural gas plant was built in West Virginia in 1912. The first LNG carrier, The Methane Pioneer, carried an LNG cargo from Louisiana to England in January 1959. The British Gas Council became the world’s first LNG importer, bringing LNG from Algeria in 1964. Since then, facilities have been developed in the U.S. and elsewhere to handle and distribute LNG. The worldwide fleet of LNG carriers was 136 in 2002 and was expected to reach 225 in 2006. The worldwide demand for LNG has grown steadily since 1970. Today there are over a hundred active LNG facilities (inland storage, importing and exporting) in the United States.