The need for natural gas compression for production and distribution
Compressors play a major role in the production and transmission of natural gas extraction. They are also employed in pipeline transmission of natural gas. The reason being, compressors increase the pressure of the gas thus reducing its volume. Compression stations are located throughout the refining and distribution processes at various points.
The need for natural gas compressors throughout the process of natural gas extraction and distribution
Natural gas compression plays a different role at different points in the extraction process. In some instances well production itself entirely depends on the compressors. The compression allows low-pressure points to extract more natural gas. Compression is used to expedite the processing and gathering of natural gas from its plants.
While transporting, compression stations ensure the gas is delivered safely to the customer site. It’s the nature of purified natural gas to lose pressure due to friction and distance. The compressor ensures smooth flow of the natural gas through the pipeline until it reaches the customer. Compressors also play an important role in over or underground storage of natural gas.
Setting up and functions of a compressor
Natural gas primarily flows through scrubbers for the filtration process. In this, the gas is filtered from impurities like particulate matter. The compressor then injects pressure into the pipeline and this process generates heat. This gets dissipated from the gas before it leaves the facility. Some compressor stations are electric powered while the others are fueled with natural gas itself that flows through them.
Considerations in level measurements
Accurate and precise level of instrumentation is essential at every stage of natural gas production and transportation to ensure utmost safety. As a highly volatile substance, natural gas is prone to accidents through leaks. Level measurement hence ensures the liquid is separated from gas and that the heat is properly dissipated. Level measurement adds to the efficiency of the process.