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Natural Gas Pipeline Equipment Photos

Below are photos of various natural gas pipeline equipment, gas compressor stations and other machinery and devices used to transport natural gas from the wellhead to cities and towns.

Below is a photo of a LPG or liquid propane gas pipeline roadway crossing. The sign indicates the mile marker of the pipeline. Often pipelines are patrolled by small aircraft on a regular basis to inspect for potential threats to the pipeline such as digging or to evaluate the need for clearing brush from the pipeline right of way. The small pipe below the mile marker sign with a crooked neck vents the corridor through which the pipeline passes under the roadway. Next is a photo of a cathodic pipeline protection system. Cathodic protection involves applying a low voltage electrical charge, delivered from the transformer box on the utility pole, into the steel pipeline. The pipeline is coated with a nonconductive material and the small electrical voltage counteracts any potential electrical difference between the pipeline and the soil, thus preventing rust from occurring. Any of the pipeline photos on this page may be purchased in high resolution.

photo of lpg pipeline crossing photo of cathodic protection box on pipeline right of way

oilfield natural gas compressor natural gas chart on gas well location

Above is a natural gas compressor on a well location. Often the pressure from a natural gas well is not enough to deliver gas into a main pipeline so gas compressors such as this one are used to boost the pressure. Above is an older style paper gas production chart. These are used to calculate how much gas from the well is sold each day into the pipeline. Using a known orifice size, temperature and pressure the amount of gas in Mcf or thousand cubic feet or MMcf (million cubic feet) can be calculated. Nowadays oil and gas companies often use automated electronic gas recording charts which transmit the information in real time to a central office. This eliminates the need for an oilfield pumper to read the gas chart every day and change them weekly. Below is a photo of a modern electronic natural gas measuring station and the solar panel that powers it.

Below: Photo of Natural Gas Electronic Metering Station

electronic natural gas chart measuring station  pig trap in natural gas pipeline

The object in the photo above left is a pipeline pig trap. This device operates sort of like a torpedo chamber and can be de-pressured and opened so that a round squeegee like device can be inserted into the pipeline. Pipeline pigs are used to clean out the line. "Smart Pigs" contain electronic sensors which can be used to locate damage or leaks in the natural gas or oil pipeline. There would typically be a retrieving device, similar to the one above, several miles away where the pig would be removed from the pipeline.

Below is a photo of pipeline construction equipment in the Eagle Ford shale area of South Texas.

 

The photo above is of a pipeline under construction. The equipment on the right side  is a pipeline padding machine, made by Superior Manufacturing. The purpose of this machine is to pick up soil that was excavated from the trench, screen it, and place it gently on top of and around the pipeline as it is buried.

For more pipeline construction photos see Page 2

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