You might be thinking of the more than 100,000 gas stations across the US, however, we’re not talking about the gas (or gasoline) you put in your car. Instead we’re talking about Natural Gas, a key energy component in so many parts of our lives. Like oil, natural gas must be drilled and extracted from the earth’s crust.
Before it reaches the consumer, there are several steps in the process. First, the extraction and gathering from the well head. This also involves processing the gas to remove impurities and preparing it for transmission. The gas is then pressurized and moved through transmission lines, sometimes thousands of miles. All along the route, some is diverted off for consumers, business and industry.
What we are focusing on here is the last part of the process, the distribution to the end user. Local Utilities will transport natural gas from distribution points on the transmission pipelines to businesses and households.
The delivery point to the Utility is often called the ‘citygate’, where the Utilities typically take ownership of the gas and deliver it to the customer’s meter. This is done through a considerable network of small diameter pipe. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that in the United States, there are over 2 million miles of this distribution piping.
Gas distribution to the consumer is very much like the transportation process, the difference being moving much smaller volumes of gas at much lower pressures over shorter distances. The installation of distribution piping is similar to larger pipelines, excavation and trenching for the pipe, welding and fusing as required, and so forth. Directional drilling is also frequently used, highly reducing the impact of installation.
Safety is the most important consideration throughout the entire process. Every aspect from production to distribution has to meet strict standards set by local and national agencies. The U.S. Department of Transportation has a wealth of good information here. The consumer plays an important part in maintaining safety. Gas systems must be treated with respect and properly maintained. Because hazardous liquid and gas pipelines are usually buried, you must contact the one-call center for your state before digging occurs. You’ll find good information on Call Before You Dig here.
Natural gas is a critical part of the energy that we depend on every day. Snelson Companies is proud to continue to have a part in bringing critical energy resources to homes and businesses for over 60 years. From major transmission pipelines, to gas distribution to the homeowner, you can count on Snelson Companies for safe, high quality work, done right, on time. We build the infrastructure that moves energy. We build relationships that last a lifetime.
Distribution Superintendent with over 35 years experience.
A Gas Distribution Superintendent, Roger exemplifies the experience and dedication that Snelson personnel bring to the table. He brings over 35 years of experience in construction with underground utilities, and has spent nearly 20 years with Snelson. From installing high pressure gas distribution mains, working through congested urban areas, connecting business or homes to the gas distribution network, or installing through challenging rural terrain, Roger has done it. This experience is why Snelson continues to do quality projects, on time, done right, time after time. Snelson, we build the infrastructure that moves energy. We build relationships that last a lifetime.