June 2019, Vol. 246, No. 6


Energy Department Offering Grants for Pipeline Projects

The Department of Energy will award $24 million in grants for the development of tools, methods and technologies to cost-effectively enhance the safety and efficiency of the nation’s natural gas production, gathering, storage, and transmission infrastructure. Grants will be as much as $3 million but no lower than $1 million.

One area of interest is pipeline materials, advanced coatings, sensors and controls to improve the operational efficiency and reliability of natural gas midstream infrastructure.  Another is technologies that can detect, identify and eliminate pipeline defects to improve the safety and efficiency of pipeline operations, reduce the volumes of methane emitted by reducing routine operations-related emissions, and capture and utilize flared or vented natural gas. 

“This funding announcement by the Department of Energy is forward-looking, focused on new solutions to capitalize on America’s abundant supply of natural gas,” says AGA’s President and CEO Karen Harbert. “This investment into research and development can enhance the natural gas industry’s development of advanced technologies for safety operations and efficiency improvements. P&GJ

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