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Reference Number NIA_NGGT0100
Title PRCI - Pipeline Research Council International - 2016
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
Cadent Gas
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2016
End Date 01 April 2017
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £184,702
Industrial Sectors Technical Consultancy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Gas Transmission (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGGT0100
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 PRCI 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 2016 ballot and committed contributions to eight 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 projects that National Grid participate in for the 2016 programme offer leverage of 20:1 and broadly these fall into four key areas: Design, Materials and Construction Integrity and Inspection Corrosion Surveillance, Operations and Measurement (SOM) The 2015 ballot for the PRCI Research Programmes are presented below: Technology Development Centre - NG Funds Voted $5,513Design Materials & Construction - NG Funds Voted $32,300Integrity & Inspection - NG Funds Voted $98,300Surveillance, Operations & Measurement - NG Funds Voted $20,000The areas of project support were chosen to align with the current innovation portfolios and are key business areas of interest. In 2015, PRCI opened their Technology Development Centre (TDC) which houses a world class testing facilities to enhance in-line inspection (ILI) technologies and evaluate non-destructive tools and techniques improving pipeline integrity management across the gas industry. The TDC also houses an extensive library of material/pipe samples which are available to members for use to evaluate their respective inspection techniques and processes.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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