Q
How can you get natural gas to move for hundreds of miles?

Posted2 years, 11 months and 23 days ago

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Answered2 years, 11 months and 23 days ago

Answered byJames O'Bryant

As with any surface, the inner walls of our pipelines are not perfectly smooth which leads to some friction when a product like natural gas flows through them. Even a small amount of friction will cause some pressure loss after the natural gas has passed through the pipeline for many miles.

A pipeline company must install compressors along the pipeline to re-pressure the natural gas so it may continue to flow. Compressor stations are typically installed at intervals of 30 to 70 miles (approximately 48 to 112 kms) along the pipeline.