Natural Gas Term of the Week: City Gate

What it means: A point or measuring station at which a gas distribution company receives gas from a pipeline company or transmission system.

See it in action: The city gate serves an important role in the natural gas distribution network, as the point where gas leaves the long distance transportation system for the lower pressure, more diffuse, systems of local distribution companies (LDCs) who deliver the gas directly to your home or business. Typically city gates have a predetermined required pressure range for the gas to be handed over to the local system. It is also where the odorant, mercaptan, is added to the gas, giving it that distinctive rotten egg smell.

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  1. […] stations, the pressure is reduced to as low as 3 psi for customer use. Local utilities also add the odorant Mercaptan to make the naturally odorless natural gas smell like rotten eggs. The distinctive smell makes […]

  2. […] stations, the pressure is reduced to as low as 3 psi for customer use. Local utilities also add the odorant Mercaptan to make the naturally odorless natural gas smell like rotten eggs. The distinctive smell makes […]

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