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Reference Number CAD_SIF001
Title Digital Platform for Leakage Analytics – Discovery Phase
Status Completed
Energy Categories FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 80%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Cadent Central
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2022
End Date 01 May 2022
Duration 2 months
Total Grant Value £125,328
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region West Midlands
Programme
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Central (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , SGN - Southern England (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , SGN (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/CAD_SIF001
Objectives
Abstract Reducing gas leakage across gas infrastructure is a fundamentally important global challenge that needs to be addressed to achieve net zero targets. The project aims to use the latest digital technology and data to provide increased awareness of gas network leakage, thus enabling more accurate operational and investment planning decisions. The improvement in operational and investment planning decisions ultimately lead to reduced gas leakage, improved network safety, and reduced customer bills. Overall, the project aligns closely with Ofgems SIF eight eligibility criteria listed in the SIF governance document. A project summary slide, and postcard from the future are included as appendices to this response.As the lead Project Partner, Cadent is responsible overall for the successful delivery of the project. As a GD network operator, they are currently responsible for tracking and managing gas leakages on the gas network and adhering to their regulatory license conditions.As Cadents lead delivery partner for several work packages, Guidehouse brings global experts working with global gas utilities and other sectors on a day-to-day basis. This broad awareness and knowledge of global solutions and processes used to identify and address gas infrastructure leakages will be vital to determining optimal solutions in the UK.SGN and NGGT have been identified as additional Project Partners for the Discovery phase. As peer GD and transmission operators, they will play a vital role in the project by bringing additional insights on the topic and ensuring that any future solutions and learning can be applied to other gas network operators in the UK, meaning that all UK customers benefit from the project.Currently, as per their regulatory license, all GDNs use the same approach to gas leak detection, therefore the digital platform is directly applicable to peer GDNs in the UK. Managing gas network leakage is a key challenge in achieving net zero and extends well beyond GDNs in the UK, therefore the learning will likely be valuable to international utilities that operate gas infrastructure.A short overview video on Youtube is available using this link: https://youtu.be/QJYoEV9hq5gUploaded Cadent SIF Application - Postcard and Project on a Slide (003).pdfMicrosoft PowerPoint - Cadent - SIF Application - Postcard & Project on a Slide.pptx (apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk)https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/application/10027572/form/question/23419/forminput/59942/file/361093/downloadgov.uk) 
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