How does the VNGP work
The Virtual Natural Gas Pipeline process is straightforward, involving three basic components; the compression of the gas, the hauling of the CNG, and the off-loading/decompressing at the end users’ facility.
Step 1: iNatGas creates the CNG by compressing pipeline natural gas to 3600 psi, allowing a large amount of gas to be transported or stored in a relatively small volume (e.g. a trailer). The compressed gas is then fed to the dispensers at iNatGas’ facilities where the trailers can park to fill up.
Step 2: The trailer filling process is as straightforward as filling up any pressurized container. A tractor pulls up to the station and picks up a freshly filled trailer, dropping off an empty trailer at the dispenser. The tractor-trailer then departs the iNatGas facility en route to the end user.
Step 3: At the destination, the trailer hooks into the offloading panel, a standalone platform to depressurize the gas to a level that is appropriate for the host facility. The trailer, which hosts the gas storage tanks, stays on site and when they’re ready to be refilled, a new trailer takes its place.