How do I say this? Natural gas is a little more moody than traditional crude oil. Unlike its popular counterpart, natural gas is hard to store and transport because of its low density. While crude can just basically flow in a pipeline, natural gas has to be cooled down and compressed to be transported via pipeline. Good gosh, why can’t it just be easier?
The problems don’t end with transportation, either.
The fact is natural gas can’t just be stored everywhere (oh, how we wish). Because of its large volume and high pressure, it has to be stored underground until it’s ready for transport to the market.
This brought up a dilemma for those trying to store natural gas. Where could they possibly store such a massive amount of this stuff? Luckily they came up with three solutions that are still in use today.
Think about it–where could we find massive pockets of space underground to store natural gas? Well, how about the oil reservoirs that we deplete?
After a while, we figured out these hotspots were the perfect place to store natural gas, along with salt caverns, aquifers, and even mines.
It’s kind of an ingenious solution to the problem, while also being very obvious at the same time. It just shows the importance of recognizing our own resources and using what’s around us.
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