Oct. 20 webinar to look at natural-gas compression in pipeline systems

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Extension will sponsor a Web-based seminar at 1 p.m. on Oct. 20 that will examine the need for and performance of compressor stations in natural-gas pipeline delivery systems.

The 75-minute session will feature a presentation by Glenn Wininger, project engineer with Englobal Engineering Inc., titled "Compressor Stations: the Necessity and Expectations."

In the last few years, a pipeline system to transport gas from the thousands of wells drilled into the mile-deep Marcellus Shale formation has expanded rapidly in states such as Pennsylvania.

"It is necessary for the gas industry to compress gas for transport in pipelines," Wininger said. "In my talk, I will try to offer a basic understanding of gas compression and the different types of compression units."

Wininger said his presentation will cover the factors that necessitate gas compression and the requirements for increased compression throughout the lifetime of a gas well. "We'll also look at enclosed versus non-enclosed compression stations, as well as air-quality and noise concerns related to gas compression."

The webinar is part of a series of online workshops addressing opportunities and challenges related to the state's Marcellus Shale gas boom. Information about how to register for the session is available on the webinar page of Penn State Extension's natural-gas website at http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas/webinars.

Previous webinars, publications and information on topics such as air pollution from gas development; the gas boom's effect on landfills; water use and quality; zoning; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; implications for local communities; gas pipelines and right-of-way issues; and legal issues surrounding gas development also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website (http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas).

For more information about the webinar, contact John Turack, extension educator in Westmoreland County, at 724-837-1402 or by email at jdt15@psu.edu.

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Last Updated October 17, 2011