Think i hear on tv it takes something like 5 years to build and start up an lng plant. Probably less for regasification or storage and more time for production. lng is off to a start and should start to grow faster in time. I do thing there is still a learning curve for new end use like heavy trucks etc and perhaps use of lng heavy open pit mining equipment, and lng fueled cargo ships etc. Still think some of the safety challenges for trucks have to be sorted out and concerns addressed. if economic it looks like lng fueled cargo and container ships could make sense, and less air pollution as well. Very busy ports with air pollution issues like Hong Kong do have concerns about ship exhaust adding to air pollution. again if nat gas can be purchased at a big discount to diesel or bunker fuel its going to have a market for ships, of course they can try to load up on fuel in ports like in Trinidad, Canada, USA, Qatar where lng would be relatively cheaper. Caterpillar and trucking engine makers are starting to develop an offer nat gas engines.
See Honda has a nice looking nat gas car available at some dealers and looks like they offer some free fuel card with purchase of the 2012 model. makes a lot of sense for the commuter car or city bound car until a network of cng stations are made. apparently according to one bulletin board post a truck stop chain is working on a network of nat gas stations. so its starting.