Natural gas is a growing energy source that is providing homes and businesses with cleaner, reliable energy all over the country. But have you ever wondered how that natural gas gets to your home? On the small scale, it may seem as simple as tapping into a natural gas pipeline that goes by your home, but on the large scale, it needs to be shipped to your area, first. Natural gas can only be harvested in certain areas, much like oil, and it is transported all over the country by more than 210 different pipelines and 11,000 delivery points.
The network of pipelines and shipping centers around the United States is huge. There are over 305,000 miles of pipelines in the continental US with more than 1400 compressor stations that keep the flow even. Along these lines, there are 24 hubs that add to the already vast 1400 interconnections, as well as 400 underground storage facilities. In addition to these pipelines, there are 59 Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) peaking facilities that compress the gas into a liquid state, allowing it to be transported by tanker boats and trucks. There are also 41 satellite LNG facilities that help distribute the liquefied gas and eight import facilities along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Natural gas pipeline networks are divided into six regions across the US: Western, Central, Southwest, Southeast, Midwest, and Northeast. Pipeline companies prefer to keep everything running at 100% capacity at all times, but it seldom ever runs at maximum. Maintenance, weather, and market demand all affect the amount of gas moving across the country. In the event of an inability to provide gas to a location directly, some natural gas is stored at one of the 400 underground storage facilities and can be used as a reserve for higher demand. Some storage facilities can also export this fuel via truck lines to other parts of the country as they are needed.
The natural gas industry aims to be as efficient as possible, whether directly through the use of the gas, or indirectly during distribution. This powerful energy source is spread throughout the country through complicated pipelines, trucks, and boats, ensuring that the energy is delivered where it is needed most.
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