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Editorial Comment

Modern society would not be possible without the use of pipelines to transport natural gas, crude oil and finished products to demand centers. These products provide much-needed feedstocks for processing operations, as well as fuels for transportation, heating and electricity.

The need for additional pipeline systems is imperative, especially with growing economies in many different parts of the world—demand for heating, electricity and cooking are leading to a significantly higher demand for natural gas.

To satisfy future demand, new natural gas pipelines systems are being built to transport this commodity from import centers or domestic production areas to demand centers. Presently, Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database is tracking more than 430 active natural gas pipeline projects around the world. These systems represent tens of thousands of miles of pipelines and constitute hundreds of billions of dollars in capital investments.

The increased use of natural gas is also providing countries around the world with new options to decarbonize various industries. Many nations are actively pursuing low-carbon initiatives to reach future low- and net-zero economies. Increasing natural gas in a country’s total energy mix only helps on this pathway to lower carbon emissions.

Since the use of natural gas pipelines is a crucial part of modern societies, Gas Processing & LNG has devoted this issue’s Special Focus section to new technologies that can enhance pipeline operations. GP

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Editorial Comment
-Lee Nichols
Modern society would not be possible without the use of pipelines to transport natural gas, crude oil and finished products to demand centers.

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Gas distribution systems are critical to the effective operation of many industrial facilities around the world. Despite the importance of these systems, however, opportunities to improve their performance and cost-effectiveness are often missed or misunderstood. Increasing changeover pressure may seem like a good way to improve system flow, for example, but it often does so at the expense of bottled gas. Adding regulators may help you control supply pressure, but it also adds cost to your system. So, how do you know what the ideal gas distribution setup is for you?

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