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E-521 - Natural Gas Transport by Pipeline

  • Professionals interested in natural gas transport by pipeline, including equipment and services suppliers to gas transport companies.
  • This course provides an overview of the technical and economic issues of natural gas transport by pipeline.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • gain an overview of the world map of natural gas pipeline networks,
  • review marketed gas pipeline design: route, sizing, material, compression stations positioning and design, etc,
  • assess pipe laying organization, management, constraints, planning, and techniques,
  • understand gas transportation network maintenance and daily operations within the framework of regulations,
  • grasp fundamental issues of natural gas transport economics and third-party access.
  • No prerequisites for this course.
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 & 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/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.