Compressors are used in gas gathering applications for compressing natural gas produced from individual wells and other sources. The gas is stored or gathered through a network of pipelines and travels through a central pipeline to a designated location. The natural gas may be gathered from several different sources, such as a gas well, an associated gas and casing head gas, produced from an individual oil well, or gathered from other production facilities.
As natural gas flows through a pipeline, it loses pressure due to friction against the inside of the pipe. The gas needs pressure to continue moving. Compressor booster stations located along the pipelines keep the pressure high enough to allow the gas to flow.
Vapor recovery units are a method of recovering vapors from condensate in oil tanks as an alternative to flaring or venting the vapors out into the atmosphere.
Fuel gas booster compressors are used primarily for turbine applications as well as natural gas engine test cells, or high pressure furnaces for manufacturing processes.