To ensure optimal flow through the interstate pipeline system, natural gas must be periodically compressed and pushed through the pipeline.
Over extended distances, friction and elevation differences reduce the pressure within the pipeline and slow the flow of gas. That’s where compressor stations play a significant role. There are hundreds of compressor stations across North America, placed roughly 50 to 70 miles apart along the transmission pipeline sytstem, that give the gas a needed “boost” helping it get from one point to the next. These stations operate twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year and are monitored 24/7 by highly-trained personnel as well. There are hundreds of compressor stations across the U.S. that play an integral role in the natural gas transmission system, which is proven to be the safest and most reliable way to transport natural gas.