Natural gas provides energy needed to heat and cool our homes, and energy to make and transport the products we use every day. If natural gas is going to continue to be a crucial natural resource and provide the energy we need, then pipelines are going to be as well. According to the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), 16,500 miles of pipeline were installed from 2000 to 2016, and another 18,000 miles are expected to be added by 2035. AMERICAN Steel Pipe plays a vital role in this network by providing the American Petroleum Institute (API) grade-line pipe needed to support the infrastructure of natural gas all over the country and around the world.
Natural gas is one of the world’s most useful natural resources. In the U.S. alone, natural gas makes up 25% of our total energy consumption, and it provides energy for billions of people across the globe. While we often think of using natural gas to heat homes and buildings, it is also used to generate electricity. But how exactly does natural gas become electricity? The main component of natural gas is methane gas, which is highly flammable and can be used to fuel power combustion turbines at power plants. The combustion, or explosion, from igniting the natural gas converts to mechanical energy by moving the turbines. This turning of the turbines is what generates electricity, which is then sent from power plants through powerlines to power our homes, offices and cities. The power created by natural gas is also used in the production of a wide variety of everyday products including clothing, glass, paper, paint, medicine and more.
“The role natural gas plays in our everyday lives – running computers, lighting our homes and so much more – is invaluable.” AMERICAN Steel Pipe Assistant Division Sales Manager Paul Freund
“In the hot summer months, the electricity generated from natural gas helps cool our homes,” said AMERICAN Steel Pipe Assistant Division Sales Manager Paul Freund. “In the winter months, it provides heat to help keep our homes warm. The role natural gas plays in our everyday lives – running computers, lighting our homes and so much more – is invaluable. And, American-made steel pipe is the safest way to transport natural gas over the long distances it needs to travel.”
AMERICAN Steel Pipe produces high-frequency-welded (HFW) steel pipe in diameters of 12.75 to 24 inches. Every piece of pipe that is produced is tested to make sure it meets industry standards as well as the standards of our customers.