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Reference Number NIA_NGGT0003
Title PRCI - Pipeline Research Council International
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 ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid Gas Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2013
End Date 01 April 2014
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £150,000
Industrial Sectors Technical Consultancy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Gas Transmission (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGGT0003
Objectives National Grid wants to establish best practice technologies and techniques to allow safe, reliable, efficient and economic use of the gas network with a reducing impact on the environment. By participating in PRCI, National Grid has and will continue to benefit from the international experience of the other member companies’ representatives, while benefiting from significant leverage on project activity from the other member companies. National Grid assesses the collaboration through individual projects against the ability to develop improvements to how we build, manage and operate the network. Success is also determined by the level of influence we can exert on each research programme and the financial leverage available compared to self funding the research.
Abstract The Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) is the basis of much of the international research for gas pipelines and above ground installations, providing knowledge to members effectively and economically. PRCI aims to conduct a collaboratively-funded research & development programme that enables energy pipeline companies around the world to provide safe, reliable, environmentally compatible, cost-efficient service to meet customer energy requirements. The Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) facilitates a collaborative R&D programme, funded by contributions based on the total length of pipelines operated by each member company. Each member company contributes to the projects that most closely address their needs, but all member companies have access to the output of the complete programme. Projects are balloted annually and members participate in projects that most closely meet their individual network needs. National Grid completed a review of the projects on the 2013 ballot and committed contributions to nineteen projects. The review process involves: Assessment of the full ballot list to identify relevant projects for the licensee. Discussion with the relevant technical specialists to evaluate potential project value and benefits. Identification of National Grid team member for each project. Participation in the annual voting process. PRCI projects go through three rounds of voting to determine which projects will be taken forward. The nineteen projects that National Grid participate in for the 2013 programme offer leverage of 65: 1 and broadly these fall into four key areas: Time-dependent Threat Management (including External Corrosion and Mechanical Damage) Time-independent Threat Management (including Mechanical Damage, Weather and External Force) Design and Construction Measurement The 2013 ballot is presented in the attached appendix with National Grid contributions highlighted in blue.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 17/09/18