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Reference Number NIA_NGGD0059
Title Impact of Distributed Gas Sources on the GB Gas Network
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Non-conventional oil and gas production) 50%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 50%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Geography and Environmental Studies) 25%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 25%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 50%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Cadent Gas
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 June 2015
End Date 01 January 2017
Duration 19 months
Total Grant Value £225,341
Industrial Sectors Technical Consultancy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGGD0059
Objectives Within each phase specific objectives will be delivered including: Produce scenarios for the deployment of coal bed methane and shale gas from 2015-2050 (with increased granularity in the period 2015-2025)Show High-level trajectories for the rollout of biogas and bio-SNGDevelop archetypes for characterising the properties of new distributed gas sourcesProduce a set of network archetypes, relevant to the various distributed gas sourcesReport on international best practice in connecting new distributed gas sources to the gas grid and lessons learned for the GB gas networkReport highlighting the technical, practical barriers, regulatory and commercial barriers to the connection of new distributed gas sources to the grid, and best practice in overcoming those barriers, or where no existing solutions exist, recommendations for overcoming themPresent ranked technical solutions by net present value, with additional outputs on annual operating cost, and pressure at each customer node for each supply/demand case. Sensitivity of these variables to change in inputs. Produce up to three case studies on the connection of known distributed gas sources to local distribution networks to demonstrate the application of the techno-economic model to real world scenariosList of any new or alternative commercial arrangements that may be necessary to support the connection of new distributed gas sources to the gas network. List of any new policy mechanisms or regulatory changes that may be required to facilitate these new/modified commercial arrangements. Produce a finalised list of technical and commercial solutions for incorporating new distributed gas sources at different, tailored to specific GDNs where appropriatePrioritise regulatory changes or new/revised commercial arrangements that could help GB to maximise the benefits/minimise the impacts of connecting new gas sources. Clear and timed next steps for GB Networks in accommodating new distributed gas sources Produce an evidence based requirements and strategic impact assessment for GB Network Stakeholders to better understand the implications of new distributed gas sources, both on an individual project, based on high level assessment, on a strategic long-term planning basis, and to develop well-grounded short and medium-long-term plans for dealing with this major change to existing gas energy markets.
Abstract A range of new distributed gas generation sources are set to be deployed in increasing numbers in the coming years, each with very different characteristics and geographic/temporal distribution. Their widespread deployment could have a significant impact on the different segments of the distribution grid, whilst new commercial and regulatory arrangements may be necessary to support this once in a generation transition. This is likely to have profound implications for gas network stakeholders, in particular the Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs), whose networks will be expected to bear the brunt of new distributed gas source connections. Distributed sources of unconventional gas are deployed in a number of countries and the GB networks wish to understand international best practices, learn lessons from their introduction and identify existing barriers to their introduction. This project proposes to rapidly identify the segments of the network that are relevant to each source and to evaluate the economic, technical and practical impacts of connecting them to different parts of the gas grid, as well as any regulatory changes, or new/modified commercial arrangements that may be required to facilitate their deployment. The research will consist of three main phases: Data collection and analysis phase: this phase includes an assessment of the likely rollout scenarios for shale gas and coal bed methane (CBM) within GB, an international review of best practice in relation to accommodating new gas sources and understanding the various barriers to the connection of new gas sources to the grid. Network impacts analysis phase: this phase forms the main bulk of the project’s activities and includes detailed technical modelling of the options available to accommodate new gas sources, as well as an economic impact analysis for these solutions. Reporting and discussion phase: this final phase looks to bring together the modelling of individual solutions with the scenarios developed in phases 1 & 2 to assess the high-level strategic impacts of new distributed gas sources in consultation with GDNs.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 31/08/18