Iowa's Experience with Various Types of Pipe in Natural Gas Service

by Donald J. Stursma, Iowa Dep of Commerce, Des Moines, IA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pipeline Infrastructure


The Utilities Division, Iowa Department of Commerce, is responsible for the rate, service, and safety regulation of utility companies in the State of Iowa. This paper will summarize a report prepared for the Iowa Department of Commerce which included the historical development of natural gas distribution systems, review of special problems associated with cast iron pipe, comparison of leak frequency, cause, and hazard among different types of distribution piping, and evaluation of leak history versus unaccounted-for gas.

Subject Headings: Pipelines | Natural gas | Non-renewable energy | Utilities | Material properties | Pipe leakage | Case studies | Safety | Iowa | United States

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