TECO Peoples Gas' natural gas delivery system consists of approximately 11,000 miles of gas mains and serves nearly 390,000 customers in Florida.
The Natural Gas Delivery System
Natural gas is an environmentally-friendly fossil fuel composed almost entirely of methane usually found in deep underground reservoirs formed by porous rock. In making its journey from the wellhead to our customers, natural gas may travel thousands of miles through interstate pipeline companies.
The fundamental principle of any natural gas delivery system is that gas flows from higher to lower pressure. Compressor stations may be located every 50-60 miles along the pipelines to boost pressure that is lost through friction. Also along the route, the natural gas may be stored underground in depleted oil and gas wells or other natural geological formations for use during seasonal periods of high demand to ensure adequate natural gas supplies are always available.
Interstate pipelines interconnect with other pipelines and other utility systems, offering system operators flexibility in moving the gas from point to point. Natural gas eventually reaches TECO Peoples Gas through a gate station, where it is measured and injected with an odorant for safety, then distributed to customers through our local distribution system of pipelines, mains and service lines.
See how natural gas is delivered throughout the United States. Courtesy of American Gas Association.