Natural Gas Transport by Pipeline

Technology - Operation - Economics

NATG/TRANSGB

Who should attend?

  • This course provides an overview of the technical and economic issues of natural gas transport by pipeline.
Audience :
  • Professionals interested in natural gas transport by pipeline, including equipment and services suppliers to gas transport companies.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL GAS

      • 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

      • 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

      • 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

      • 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

      • 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

      • Investment costs (CAPEX).
      • Lifetime 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.

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.

Ways & Means

  • Highly interactive training by industry-specialist lecturers.
  • Numerous applications and illustrations.