Freeze Protection For Natural Gas Pipeline Systems And Measurement Instrumentation

Author: David J. FishDownload File

The failure to supply natural gas upon demand can cause irreparable damage to a company’s corporate image in the 21st Century. Consistent and continuous pipeline operations are key and critical factors in today’s natural gas pipeline industry. The competitive nature of the business, together with the strict rules and regulations of natural gas supply, mandate that companies stay on top of all operational parameters that could cause interruption or complete shut-down of the natural gas supply to customers. Identifying what may ultimately cause problems is a first step to controlling and eliminating those problems for the supplier. The natural phenomenon of freezing is a common occurrence in the operation of a natural gas pipeline system. Whether the gas is “produced gas” from a crude oil well, or “natural gas” from a gas well, the possibility for hydrates and the resultant problems, is real. Freezing is a potential and serious problem starting at the production wellhead through the last point in the customer delivery system. The occurrence of freezing is continuously reduced each step of the way, but care must be taken at each and every step to assure smooth operational conditions and satisfied consumers at the end of the line