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What is a virtual pipeline?

A virtual pipeline refers to a system that transports natural gas from a source to consumers or businesses using methods other than traditional, fixed pipelines. The term “virtual pipeline” is used because it mimics the function of a physical pipeline but utilizes alternative means of transportation. This is particularly useful in areas where constructing permanent pipelines is not feasible or cost-effective.

Key components of a natural gas virtual pipeline system may include:

  1. Transportable Containers: Instead of laying pipes in the ground, natural gas is compressed or liquefied and transported in containers.

  2. Compression or Liquefaction Facilities: To make natural gas transportable, it needs to be compressed or liquefied. Compression facilities or liquefaction plants are often part of a virtual pipeline system.
  3. Storage Facilities: Depending on the specific design, natural gas may be stored at various points along the virtual pipeline. Storage helps ensure a continuous and reliable supply to meet demand fluctuations.
  4. Regasification or Decompression Facilities: At the destination, the transported natural gas needs to be converted back into a gaseous state. This may involve regasification facilities or decompression units.

Natural gas virtual pipelines are especially useful in remote or temporary locations, where establishing traditional pipelines would be impractical. They can also serve as an interim solution while permanent pipeline infrastructure is being developed. Additionally, virtual pipelines can provide an alternative for transporting natural gas to regions where geological, economic, or regulatory factors make traditional pipelines challenging.

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TRUXX CNG decompression stations are offered in three different heating technologies:


Electrical TRUXX E-Series

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  • Lowest maintenance requirement of any CNG systems
  • Designed for automated or manual switchovers between trailers
  • Small footprint (unit is 12' by 8')
  • Quick start-up (at operating temperature in less than 4 minutes)
  • 316 stainless steel heat exchanger

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Gas-Fired TRUXX G-Series

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  • Integrated high-pressure heater with no remote glycol loop
  • Low power consumption for sites that have little power available
  • Unit is built in 20' shipping container, allowing for easy chassis/trailer selection or concrete pad installation and keeping your assets mobile
  • Simple-to-understand HMI so you can quickly understand what is happening with your system
  • Designed for easy of maintenance

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Waterbath TRUXX W-Series

Portable and Fixed Installations

  • Integrated high-pressure heater with no remote glycol loop
  • Heating and decompression all on one skid for smaller installation footprint
  • Dedicated control room to house all of your required subsystem
  • Fully integrated controls reduce field integration and wiring
  • Simple-to-understand HMI so you can quickly determine what is happening with your system
  • Designed for easy of maintenance
  • Modules available greater than 1500 CFM

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TRUXX portable and fixed CNG decompression stations make natural gas accessible, reliable, and easy to use for locations off the grid. TRUXX is a fully functional CNG decanting system that gives end users access to natural gas as quickly and easily as possible with minimal downtime.

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