Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

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The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGA) describes itself as "a trade organization that advocates regulatory and legislative positions of importance to the natural gas pipeline industry in North America. INGAA represents virtually all of the interstate natural gas transmission pipeline companies operating in the U.S., as well as comparable companies in Canada and Mexico. ."[1]

Carbon Capture and Storage

In a 2009 study, the INGA concluded that "the amount of pipeline that will be needed to transport CO2 will be between 15,000 miles and 66,000 miles by 2030, depending on how much CO2 must be sequestered and the degree to which enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is involved. The upper end of the forecast range is of the same order of magnitude as the miles of existing U.S. crude oil pipelines and products pipelines."[2]

In a May 2010 presentation to the the Obama administration's Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage, INGA's Director of Environment and Construction Policy, Lisa Beal outlined that the estimated construction cost of a pipeline in the US is about $ 75,000/inch/mile. However, the cost of the pipeline is "greatly influenced by the type of terrain, river crossing, and state regulations" as well as factors such as the pipe diameter, the operating pressure and the length of the pipeline. Pipeline transport costs are affected by the terrain traversed, the regulatory structure and the "size and spacing of booster stations."[3]

She also pointed out that as carbon dioxide would be transported at higher pressures than natural gas, the costs of the pipelines would be higher. INGA is of the view that "while there are no significant barriers to building the forecasted pipeline mileage, the major challenges to implementing CCS are in public policy and regulation. Because a CCS industry can evolve in several ways, public policy decisions must address key questions about industry structure, government support of early development, regulatory models, and operating rules."[3]

Personnel

  • Lisa Beal, Director of Environment and Construction Policy

Contact details

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
10 G Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-216-5900
Fax: 202-216-0870
Website: http://www.ingaa.org/

Articles and resources

References

  1. "About", Interstate Natural Gas Association of America website, accessed May 2010.
  2. Carbon Sequestration and Storage: Developing a Transportation Infrastructure, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, 2009.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lisa Beal, "CCS Transport: Barriers to Widespread Deployment", Proceedings of the public meeting of Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage, Washington D.C., May 6, 2010.

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