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E-516 - Natural Gas Transport by Pipeline

  • Professionals interested in natural gas transport by pipeline, including equipment and services suppliers to gas transport companies
  • To provide an overview of the technical and economic issues of natural gas transport by pipeline
Learning Objectives
  • To gain an overview of the world map of natural gas pipeline networks
  • To review marketed gas pipeline design: route, sizing, material, compression stations positioning and design, etc.
  • To assess pipe laying organization, management, constraints, planning, and techniques
  • To understand gas transportation network maintenance and daily operations within the framework of regulations
  • To grasp fundamental issues of natural gas transport economics and third-party access
Ways and means
  • Highly interactive training by industry-specialist lecturers
  • Numerous applications and illustrations

Introduction to natural gas 0.25 day
  • From reservoir to end user
  • Chemical composition and properties of natural gas. Comparison to other combustible gases
  • World reserves
  • Panorama of offer, demand and movements
Transport network 0.25 day
  • Overview of worldwide networks
  • Perspectives of the development of the European network
  • Interaction with other blocks of the natural gas chain: storage, LNG terminals, compression stations, network interconnections, delivery to the client
  • Economical and technical comparison between transport by pipeline and LNG carriers
Design and construction of a gas pipe 0.5 day
  • Design standards: pressure, length, volume, diameter
  • Fundamentals of metallurgy welding techniques, and coating materials
  • Pipe laying:
  • Different steps of pipe laying operations
  • Cost and duration of pipe laying, and compression station construction
Compression 0.25 day
  • Characteristics of compressors: compression ratio, run-time frequency, environment-related issues (exhaust gases, noise, etc.), power types
  • Types of compressor units: driver type (engine, electrical motor, gas turbine, etc.), reciprocating or centrifugal compressor
  • Comparison between gas turbine and motor drivers, fuel gas and electricity power
Operation of a network 0.5 day
  • Maintenance, monitoring and technical management, risk prevention, safety regulations (law of August 4, 2006), cathodic protection, equipment maintenance, monitoring and controls, metering
  • Network operation management: planning, execution, allocations and accounts
Economical aspects of gas transport by pipeline 0.25 day
  • Investment costs (CAPEX)
  • Life time of a gas pipe
  • Operation costs (OPEX)
  • Pricing for access of third parties to the gas transport network: analysis of the price breakdown in France
  • Simulations of cost price per kWh delivered, for some typical cases