As a source of energy, natural gas has many uses including electricity generation, heating, and cooking. But before reaching its final destination in a home or city utility, natural gas can journey thousands of miles. The NG transportation highway is an intricate and extensive network of pipelines.
- First, gathering lines bring natural gas from the wells to processing plants.
- Then, transmission lines carry finished natural gas to distribution centers.
- Finally, distribution lines carry the natural gas to homes and businesses. In the US alone, this transportation highway amounts to over 2.4 million miles of pipeline. That’s enough pipelines to circle the equator 96 times!