Natural Gas Term of the Week: Hydrostatic Test

What it means: A strength test of equipment, a gas transmission or distribution pipe in our case, in which the item is filled with liquid, subjected to suitable pressure, and then shut in, and the pressure monitored.

See it in action: We’re just wrapping up dig safely month but natural gas utilities are out monitoring their system all year; ensuring that underground infrastructure is in safe operating condition.

Hydrostatic testing is one of the many tools our members use to ensure their pipelines are in good working order. It’s tough to find videos online of a natural gas pipeline undergoing hydrostatic testing but here’s someone performing a similar test on some pipes in their home. The general spirit of the operation is the same, although on a much smaller scale:

 

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Natural Gas Terms of the Week are posted each Monday, check back weekly to boost your natural gas IQ.

Follow the NWGA on Twitter: @Ben_at_NWGA