The gas transportation companies have come to the realization that managing hydrocarbon dew point reduces system liabilities, opens up new gas markets and generates operating revenue. By managing hydrocarbon dew point, hydrocarbon condensation can be prevented in cold spots under rivers and lakes where the liquids collect in the low areas and then often move as a slug through the system, over pressuring the pipe, and overpowering liquid handling facilities, flowing into compressors and end user sales points.
Most importantly, liquids in burners and pilots onsite and at end user locations at LDCs, can cause fire and explosion hazards. Also, removing pipeline liquids helps prevent pipe corrosion in the low areas where water is trapped under the hydrocarbon liquid layer and slowly destroys the pipe integrity. Proper managing of gas dew point can also prevent liquids from forming as the gas cools while flowing through pressure reduction stations (e.g. citygates) that feed end user supply systems. Controlling dew point is also necessary to qualify the pipeline to market gas to high efficiency gas turbine end users that require a dry and consistent quality fuel.