Introduction to Non-Pipeline Solutions

Introduction to Non-Pipeline Solutions

September 22, 2021 | Online :: Central Time


This Non-Pipeline Solutions course will provide an introductory-level knowledge of how Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) act as alternatives to help fill the demand in areas not served by traditional pipelines.  

The program will begin with a history of the development of interstate pipeline systems and the evolution of gas distribution systems. Content will then transition into the equipment, variations, types of trailers, and types of regulating seen when it comes to portable CNG and LNG, later diving into how and why utilities use portables. The course will conclude with discussing the capabilities of non-pipeline solutions in the future as we continue in adapting to the energy transition.

This course is not just geared towards those who are actively participating in projects revolving around portable pipelines, but also for those who are curious about the process or believe their organization will be working with these solutions in some capacity down the road.

Learning Outcomes  

  • Review the evolution of gas distribution systems, including the development of the systems, peaking systems, and capacity constraints
  • Explain portable compressed natural gas and portable liquefied natural gas and their equipment, variations, and types
  • Examine how utilities use portables and review real-use cases through a National Grid study
  • Discuss the future capabilities of mobile pipelines and how renewable natural gas fits in
  • Consider how utilities are preparing for the energy transition and how distributed systems can be a part of that transition


Wednesday, September 22, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing


Evolution of Gas Distribution Systems

  • Gas for Lighting
    • Distributed supply / manufactured gas
    • Small-town sized company owners of local networks of gas distribution
  • WWII – Development of Interstate Pipeline Systems
    • Gas for heating / transition from coal heat
    • Consolidation of companies “behind the meter”
  • Peaking Systems for Pressure (Traditionally)
    • Portable LNG
  • Peaking Systems for Supply
    • Propane / air systems
    • Peak LNG plants
    • Shale Boom – Gas for electricity
  • Capacity Constraints
    • Why portable pipelines?

What is Portable Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)?

  • Equipment
  • Variations
  • Types of Trailers
  • Types of Regulating / Heat Systems

What is Portable Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)?  

  • Equipment
  • Variations
  • Types of Trailers
  • Types of Regulating / Heat Systems

Utility Use of Portables

  • How National Grid is Using Portable CNG
    • Brief history on NYCRR 570 & Moratorium on LNG in NYC
  • How National Grid is Using Portable LNG

Future Capability of Mobile Pipelines

  • Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) / H2

How Utilities are Preparing for the Energy Transition

  • How Distributed Systems Play a Role

Conclusions / Questions / Etc.


Bryan Gray, Director—Portable Pipeline, National Grid

Mr. Gray oversees all aspects of the Portable Pipeline work stream at National Grid, making him responsible for the full project lifecycle from permitting through project construction in order to improve and evolve National Grid’s pipeline portfolio throughout the US Gas Business. Before acting in his current role, Mr. Gray started at National Grid as a Gas Systems Manager and then as a Gas Systems Operator. In this time, he managed and led control room operations to ensure gas transmission and distribution systems are monitored and controlled in a safe, reliable, and efficient manner in accordance with all Federal and State regulations and operating standards.

Mr. Gray also served in the US Army and has a Bachelors in Logistics in Intermodal Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He also has an MBA from St. Joseph’s College.

Sam Thigpen, CEO, Sapphire Gas Solutions

As the CEO of Sapphire Gas Solutions, a natural gas solutions company based in Conroe, TX, Mr. Thigpen continually supports the growing use of LNG in various industries and applications across North America. During his 20+ years in the natural gas industry, Mr. Thigpen has experience in gas processing, offshore service, international plant services, pipeline operations, new pipeline and facility construction, executive leadership, and the execution of buy/sell transactions. Prior to being selected as CEO of Sapphire, Mr. Thigpen founded and led Thigpen Energy, and later Thigpen Solutions, which are now both a part of Sapphire Gas Solutions. Mr. Thigpen studied Finance and International Business at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.



Introduction to Non-Pipeline Solutions

September 22, 2021 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 795.00 each
- OR - I choose to attend remotely
Individual remote connections(s) - $ 795.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 connections - $ 3,180.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 connections - $ 5,565.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 connections - $ 9,540.00 (40% discount)

Buy 4 seats and only pay for 3! For this event every fourth attendee is free!

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before August 20, 2021 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, and active participation.

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