Differences Between Liquid Pipeline and Natural Gas Pipeline

January 29, 2018

While a liquid pipeline and a natural gas pipeline may have the same purpose, the actual results of their two tasks are quite different. If you spend any amount of time on the internet doing research, you will quickly come to the conclusion that there is a raging debate going on in the manufacturing and energy-related field regarding liquid and natural gas pipelines. Today, we are going to do our best to discuss these two pipelines in order to help differentiate between the pair.

Understanding Pipelines

When we discuss pipelines we are actually discussing something more expansive and extensive than you might otherwise be thinking. There are quite a few steps that go between procuring the oil or gas from the ground and getting it to the facilities where the fuel source is determined to go to. Pipelines are, essentially, a linked chain of functions that are created to properly transfer the fuel source in a safe, efficient, and effective manner. When dealing with liquid and natural gas pipelines, safety is the key above all else but efficiency and effectiveness are right behind. Let's take a closer look at the two major pipelines that we highlighted above: liquid pipelines and natural gas pipelines.

Natural Gas Pipelines and Liquid Pipelines

Alright, so we have a general knowledge of pipelines and why they are important and now we can dig a little bit deeper. Natural gas and liquid pipelines are the two most common pipelines in the energy industry and for obvious reasons. Natural gas and liquid pipelines (petroleum) are the two major players in the energy industry and as such, they are always in high demand. We know why they are similar, so how are they different? Let's break it down one pipeline at a time.

  1. Liquid Pipeline - A liquid pipeline will transfer petroleum in its crude format. These pipelines begin by collecting at the source, transfer to the pipeline system before ultimately hitting the refinery where it will become kerosene or gasoline. At this point, the fuel is sent to distribution by way of a storage system. More technically speaking, this system is composed of: crude oil lines, HVL lines, C02 lines and eventually gathering and transmission lines.
  2. Natural Gas Pipeline - A natural gas pipeline operates in a similar fashion. The pipeline begins at the well before moving along a fairly wide transportation system. The gas is transported from the production well through the transmission pipeline where it is then meted out to refineries, ports, and cities around the country. Finally, the gas is distributed out to customers by a distribution system.

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