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New flow technology boosts efficiency, helps lower costs. J.M. Dowdell. Pipeline Gas Ind., May 1999, 82(5), 35--39.

Recent advances in flow metering technology are used by a pipeline operator in West Virginia to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve customer service. Improvements in pipeline monitoring, odorant injection control, compressor station throughout, relay operations monitoring, and underground storage inventory control are described and illustrated. Technology choices are discussed and these include comparisons of orifice and ultrasonic flow meters. The latter are preferred for injection and withdrawal operations at pressures exceeding 150 psig. Future plans are reviewed. They include studies of an optical flowmeter, for pipeline operations and development of a natural gas energy flowmeter.

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