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GPA Glossary - Definition of Words and Terms Used in the Gas Processing Industry

GPA 1167-83


The Gas Processing Industry employs various words and phrases to describe and define its activities. These transactions are concerned with gas from the time it is separated from the effluent of an oil or gas well, a petroleum refining process, or a synthetic gas plant until the salable gaseous residue is delivered to a pipeline system. These activities include the movement of the gas and the separation of liquid and gaseous components from each other. The separated components may be useful products or contaminants that must be removed to make the residue gas salable. Sulfur can be made if the produced gas contains hydrogen sulfide.

The Gas Processing Industry is a segment of the larger Energy Industry. While many words and phrases are in common use throughout the industry, shades of meaning may differ in various sections of the Petroleum Industry. The definitions herein represent common usage in the Gas Processing Industry and were developed principally by Technical Committee, Section C. In a lesser number of cases, a source of definitions was the "Glossary of Terms Used in Petroleum Refining" published by the API. It is hoped that the definitions will be a source of information for those seeking knowledge of the terminology of the Gas Processing Industry.

The definitions as presented herein cannot take precedence over definitions in contracts or other legal documents. While the GPA is publishing the Glossary, the GPA can take no responsibility for its use. The user of these definitions is responsible for the results of such use.


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