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Often coupled with the downstream segment, the midstream sector involves the transportation, storage and marketing of various oil and gas products. Depending on the commodity and distance covered, transportation options can vary from small connector pipelines to massive cargo ships making trans-ocean crossings. While most oil can be transported in its current state, natural gas must be either compressed or liquefied for transport.

The midstream sector also includes the storage of oil and natural gas, which balances the fluctuations between supply and demand and helps ensure a secure supply of energy products. This vertical is known for the wide coverage regarding communication distances, network solutions are mostly a key element in this sector, next to the static environment were these systems operate. Protecting of these sides and 100% proper event handling are a must in this kind of communication solutions.