When natural gas is transported through long-distance pipeline, it is pressurized so it can be controlled and moved through the system. It loses pressure along the way, however, and needs to compressed at compressor stations periodically as it progresses.
These Compressor stations might be anywhere from 40 to 100 miles apart and they receive, store, and deliver gas throughout the pipeline system.
Scrubbers and filters inside the compressor stations separate unwanted liquids and debris from the gas. Sometimes water and particles condense out of the stream while traveling. These separators keep the gas pure and clean.
Compressor stations also provide safety precautions such as shutoff valves to isolate and stop compressor units from running. Regular testing of this emergency system is required and Snelson routes the gas around the compressor station during that period.
Of course, safety in compressor stations is crucial. Compressor stations are monitored and controlled either remotely or on-site by trained professionals.
Snelson works with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who have very specific guidelines and regulations for the location of compressor stations dependent on environmental impact, design (Looking towards hydraulic performance), and geographic location to name a few.
Compressor stations are only allowed to be slightly louder than your household dishwasher. FERC regulates the noise at 55 decibels. The average dishwasher is 50.
Because the station is powered by the natural gas, emissions are clean and low. (25 parts per million by volume, dry basis.)
Snelson has been a leader in Natural Gas Compressor Station construction and maintenance for decades. Our station construction services include construction, maintenance, expansion, upgrading, and repair. Learn more about Snelson’s station construction services here.