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Almost 45 years ago, nine people died in a terrible gas pipeline accident in Georgia. The truly sad part of the whole story is that it was completely preventable. If the pipeline in question had been equipped with a simple and relatively inexpensive safety valve the accident would not have happened. You might imagine that the tragedy taught the county a valuable lesson. It would not be beyond imagination that the very next day safety valves were placed on all of the nation’s gas lines. Sadly, this is not the case.
One of the fastest-growing energy segments in the world is natural gas. The combination of a drive for cleaner energy options and the goal of North American energy independence means that the natural gas industry will only continue to grow moving forward. Extractors long ago realized that traditional transportation options of natural gas, like tankers or
barges, were unfeasible. Instead, the most efficient way to transport natural gas from its extraction site to plants around the country is via pipeline. It’s not just a matter of a simple connection, though. Read on for some facts about one of the most overlooked mechanical aspects of natural gas extraction.
DFT® Valves’ Booth 19A was a busy place recently at the ACHEMA show in Frankfurt, Germany, where we had the opportunity to exhibit our extensive line of check and control valves to a global network of experts and executives in the chemical engineering and process industry. This week-long show boasted an attendance of more than 180,000 participants from over 100 countries, and provided a forum for us to highlight our products and capabilities to existing and potential customers in the international marketplace.
DFT Valves recently embarked on a journey to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Center for Trade Development (CTD). This was our third year taking part in the monumental event, and it took place from May 12-17.