According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, the United States’ natural gas pipeline network can transport natural gas to and from nearly any location in the lower 48 states and consists of more than 210 gas pipeline systems and 400 underground natural gas storage facilities. The pipeline network has about 3 million miles of mainline and other pipelines that link natural gas production areas and storage facilities with consumers. In 2021, this natural gas transportation network delivered about 27.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to about 77.7 million consumers.
March 31, 2023
NETL’s pipeline sensor team recently completed successful field tests of an extensive new collection of fiber optic sensor and surface acoustic wave sensor technologies for natural gas pipeline monitoring that can help ensure safer and more secure natural gas pipeline delivery and mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) methane emissions.