Local Distribution Pipelines in Nontechnical Language

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More than two million miles of local distribution pipelines deliver natural gas to homes, businesses, schools, and hospitals throughout United States, and many more serve the rest of the world. These small-diameter, low-pressure pipelines serve as a critical link between high-pressure transportation pipelines and end users. Local Distribution Pipelines in Nontechnical Language explains natural gas distribution systems, a vital component in the overall natural gas transportation system, from their humble beginnings delivering "town gas" to handling today's complex urban infrastructure.

Features & Benefits

  • Knowing what goes on "behind" the City Gate
  • Understanding the many components required for local distribution pipelines to function properly
  • Learning how LDCs are managed and operated to assure continual supply
  • Comprehending the specialized design, engineering, construction, and maintenance of these systems


  • Field level personnel
  • Management
  • Energy lending and finance professionals
  • Anyone who seeks to understand how, or relies upon, energy markets
  • Students

About the Author

Tom Miesner has a deep midstream background as an operator, executive, business consultant, board member, instructor, and writer. The first 25 years of his career were spent at Conoco, where he held midstream engineering, operations, business development, strategy, and executive positions, including serving as president of Conoco Pipe Line Company for seven years. Tom is the founder of the midstream consulting company Pipeline Knowledge & Development (PKD) (pipelineknowledge.com). He also coauthored Oil and Gas Pipelines in Nontechnical Language (PennWell 2006, 2019) with William L. Leffler. Additionally, Tom has authored numerous studies, reports, articles, and publications.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Energy Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology.


Type: Hardcover
Size: 6x9
Pages: 390
Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781593703776

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