Colerain Compressor Station to Keep Gas Moving in Right Direction

August 21, 2015
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The purpose of the future Colerain Township natural gas compressor station is to make sure the gas keeps moving, that it doesn't stay in one spot along the 76-mile line.

The station is part of the under-construction pipeline in Belmont, Columbiana, Carroll, Jefferson and Monroe counties. Once completed, the pipeline - known as the Ohio Pipeline Energy Network - will belong to Texas Eastern Transmission.

Arthur Diestel, project spokesman for Spectra Energy, said over a long distance friction occurs and slows down the gas, making the compressor stations necessary. The pipe is 30 inches in diameter.

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Most stations, such as the one being constructed in Colerain, are situated in the middle of about a 40-acre plot of land to help mitigate noise and light issues, he said.

The station itself takes up about an acre of space. The station will be monitored locally by three to five workers and remotely by people in Houston, Texas.

Diestel said the station is constructed to be used 24 hours a day, but that does not mean it will actually operate that often.

He said the audible noise level for those who live near the station will be about 50 decibels.

"That's equivalent to a household dishwasher or washing machine," Diestel added. "Every station has safety features to meet standards set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation."

Once in service, the U.S. DOT the and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are charged with overseeing the stations and the pipelines.

Diestel said those who have issues with the station in the future can call Texas Eastern Transmission toll-free at 855-355-6736.

The station originally was going to be built near Mount Pleasant, but after residents there protested, the site was moved to Colerain Township.

Diestel noted Texas Eastern has operated natural gas pipes safely in Ohio since 1947. It has about 1,000 miles of pipe already in service.

The pipe used is manufactured in Europe of alloy steel. After being welded together, the pipes are X-rayed to make sure the welds are good.

They are also ultrasonically tested. The pipes will be also pressured tested with water before being used.

To prevent corrosion a low-voltage current runs through the pipe.

The pipeline will be buried at least 3-feet deep. Its right of way also is monitored by workers who will either walk or drive the line.

The new line will eventually connect to Texas Eastern's existing lines in Pennsylvania.



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