Natural Gas Transport by Pipeline

General Objectives:

To provide an overview of technical and economic issues of natural gas transport by pipeline.

Specific Objectives:

At the end of training the trainees will be able to:
  • Look over the world map of natural gas pipeline networks;
  • Review marketed gas pipeline design: route, sizing, material, compression stations positioning and design;
  • 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.


Module I – 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.
Module II – Transport network
  • Overview of networks worldwide;
  • Perspectives of the development of world network;
  • Interaction with the other blocks of 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.
Module III – Design and 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 and durations of pipe laying, and compression stations construction.
Module IV – Compression
  • Characteristics of compressors: compression ratio, run-time frequency, environment related issues (exhaust gases, noise…), power types;
  • Types of compressor units: driver type (engine, electrical motor, gas turbine…), reciprocating or centrifugal compressor;
  • Comparison between gas turbine and motor drivers, fuel gas and electricity power.
Module V – Operation of a network
  • Maintenance, monitoring and technical management, risk prevention, safety regulations, cathodic protection, equipment maintenance, monitoring and controls, metering;
  • Network operation management: planning, execution, allocations and accounts.
Module VI – Economical aspects of gas transport by pipeline
  • Investment cost (CAPEX);
  • Life time of a gas pipe;
  • Operation costs (OPEX);
  • Pricing for access of third parties to the gas transport network in world: analysis of the price breakdown;
  • Simulations of cost price per kWh delivered, for some typical cases.
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Angola | Cabo- Verde | Moçambique | Portugal | S. Tomé e Princípe

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Duração: 24 horas
Investimento: 2.990,00€
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