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GAS 101 - An Interactive Training Course for Natural Gas Utilities

Kelli Cole Staudt on Wednesday, 07 January 2015.

GAS101 Piedmont SmallMagnolia River and Ed Young Sales Company are delivering the next level of service to share the basics about how the natural gas industry safely and reliably transports gas from the wellhead to the burner tip. Together, we have developed the GAS 101 course to explain not only the fundamentals at a high-level, but also some of the more technical information about pipes and appurtenances. The course is designed for everyone who is new to the natural gas distribution business, as well as more experienced professionals seeking to compare notes about how others perform their work. This includes folks in procurement, marketing, IT, engineering, planning, GIS, and project management.

Together, we have developed a textbook comprised of terms, photos, examples, and explanations. This textbook was written by professionals from Magnolia River and Ed Young Sales Company who have spent decades in the natural gas industry. The textbook is given to all attendees of the course, along with a PowerPoint and several videos.

"We hope attendees leave with a greater understanding of a utility's natural gas distribution system," said Ed Young, Jr. "Initially conceptualized as an explanation of the system for Local Distribution Company (LDC) supply chain employees, and new employees, the course has been expanded to meet the needs of anyone who would benefit from a basic understanding of how the system is constructed, maintained, and operated."

This complimentary, industry-goodwill course has been presented at several sites full of men and women beginning their careers in the natural gas industry in an effort to bring greater awareness and familiarity with terminology, equipment, common practices, and a general but technical overview of how gas systems operate. The course has not been limited to "youngsters," however. Several industry professionals have expressed their gratitude for the "refresher course that they weren't aware that they needed."

It's been a pleasure to spend this time with our clients, get to know some of the next generation of workers in the natural gas industry, continue developing our relationships with long-time utility associates, and spread the knowledge that we have acquired throughout the years serving the natural gas utility industry across the United States and internationally.

GAS 101 will be offered as a course at the following meetings:

Alabama Natural Gas Association Spring Seminar
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Southern Gas Association Spring Gas Conference & Expo
Monday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (GAS 201)
Wednesday, March 25, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (GAS 201)

For more information on GAS 101, or if your company or organization would like an onsite GAS 101 presentation, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 256.773.9420.

Stay tuned for the coming of GAS 201, which will address in greater depth certain topics introduced in GAS 101.



Ronald Hoff Jr. LT


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