Gas pipes have become the energy highway for the energy world. Oil and pipeline gas provide the majority of the world’s energy, which makes gas pipes key to transportation and delivery of these natural resources to refineries and power stations. Oil provides nearly 34 percent of the world’s power needs and gas provides 21 percent, the International Petroleum Technology Institute reported.
The importance of these resources has led to interesting gas pipes developments across the globe. West East Pipeline is currently the largest one in the world. The oil and gas pipes span across China at a staggering length of 5410 miles. Because of the project’s scope, the West East Pipeline is still under construction.
One of the longest, already functioning gas pipelines, is the Yamal-Europe pipeline. Its length is 2608 miles and it passes through four countries – Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany.
The US is heavily dependent on gas pipes, as well. If all of the US pipelines were lined and connected to each other, they would go to the Moon and back to Earth approximately three times, according to the Interstate Natural GasAssociation of America.
Depending on the size of the gas pipes, different materials are used in the construction process. Transmission pipes, for example, are made of steel that is thick anywhere between 0.25 and 0.5 inches. Plastic is the material of preference for smaller oil and gas pipelines that operate under smaller pressure. Plastic is a great material because it is affordable, flexible and corrosion-resistant.
In the past, gas pipelines were mainly constructed from cast iron. Before pipe bending was invented, natural gas was transported by horse carriages. The gas was placed in wooden barrels, which is why the barrel is still used as a measuring unit for gas today.
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