The first step in the movement of natural gas from the “wellhead-to-burner tip” is to determine the "deliverability," or sales volume of the well and then get it connected to a pipeline. This is normally done by midstream companies who gather wells together and deliver the gas to processing plants or directly into transmission pipelines.
The following mini-lecture explains these concepts in detail.
Key Learning Points for the Mini-Lecture: Gathering and Compression
While watching the Mini-Lecture, keep in mind the following questions:
- Why is the "deliverability" of a well important?
- What functions are performed by the Gatherer?
- Who are Producers and Operators?
- What are Compressors and how/why are they used?
Now take some time to watch the following video about the natural gas extraction and production process (11:57).