This webinar highlights some of the more significant changes in the natural gas industry and their relevance to and impact on the engineering of various natural gas system components. The areas of change that we will discuss in this webinar include:
• Supply sources
• Market demand
• Regulatory requirements
• Safety issues
• Operational priorities
• System planning
• Facility design
Changes in each of these areas have impacted how system components are planned, designed, constructed, operated and maintained.
Looking first at the changing sources of natural gas supply we will discuss how that change in the landscape impacts the engineering function. Simply stated, natural gas discoveries in new and diverse geographic areas can have implications as to where supplies enter your system.
While heating still accounts for the lion’s share of natural gas sales other markets continue to develop and emerge. Environmental issues and market forces are the drivers behind these changes that will impact how we plan and design our systems.
As environmental and regulatory requirements have become more stringent for the aging natural gas infrastructure, operators struggle to keep pace with fewer available funds and a shrinking workforce that is technically qualified and experienced.
As the industry’s aging infrastructure experiences an increasing number of failures and accidents regulatory mandates such as the Integrity Management Program, Distribution Integrity Management Program and very specific procedures for the determination and documentation of Maximum Allowable Operating Pressures in some cases overwhelm system operators’ ability to comply.