Natural Gas Term of the Week: Throughput

What it means: Volume of natural gas that may be carried on a pipeline over a period of time. All gas volumes delivered.

See it in action: Natural gas pipelines utilize a variety of operating pressures in order to send more or less gas to consumers depending on demand.  Therefore the total throughput on a pipeline in a given day, week or month may vary depending on the line pack. If it’s cold outside gas demand is typically higher, meaning more gas will be packed into the pipeline to be brought to market increasing throughput.  Gas use in the Northwest peaks during the winter months, so that’s when you can expect to see the highest throughputs on pipelines serving our region.

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