Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number NIA_NGGT0120
Title European Pipeline Research Group 2017
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research 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 ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 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 2017
End Date 01 April 2018
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £60,250
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Gas Transmission (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Gas Transmission (99.999%)
Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Grid Gas Transmission (0.000%)
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Objectives The EPRG mission is to use the combined expertise of GT and pipe manufacturing companies to address common issues concerning the technical integrity of GT pipelines in the fields of pipe manufacturing, pipeline design, construction, operation and maintenance. To achieve this EPRG will: Identify methods and practices for improving the integrity of existing and new pipelines and protecting health, safety and the environment. Establish research programmes in response to the needs and priorities of the member companies using the services of contractors which are best-in-class in the relevant areas of expertise. Develop recommendations and guidelines based on the results obtained. Promote the acceptance and implementation of the recommendations and the guidelines. The research work conducted by EPRG is established by the Plenary Group and managed by three Technical Committees, Corrosion, Design and Materials. The exchange of experience among the member companies and with other relevant institutions is an important feature of the EPRG activities. There is, for example, a regular exchange of research results with the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) at Joint PRCI/EPRG Biennial Meetings. There are 18 relevant projects underway at EPRG as follows: EPRG Project Code - Project Title 155* Assessment of delayed failure under constant pressure. 166* Low bond line toughness in HFW pipe. 171 Influence of system parameters on crack initiation in the West Jefferson test. 172* DWTT inverse fracture II. 174* Environmental effects on mechanical damage - stage 3. 176 ISO 15156 Activities on HIC testing. 180* Determination of chemical composition by mobile optical emission spectroscopy. 183 SCC qualification Full ring versus four point bend test. 184* Time dependent behaviour full scale testing. 186* Development of a model for pipeline mechanical damage. 163a* Long term resistance to adhesion loss of 3 layer polyolefin coatings. 185* EPRG projects library. 187 Strain based design assessment for stress based design pipelines. 188 Assessment of mitre welds. 189 Steel properties of old pipelines. 190* Follow up round robin test HFW bond line testing. 184* Analysis of results of six time dependent burst tests. 192 Revision of the EPRG guidelines for crack arrest. Projects of particular interest to National Grid and Cadent are identifiable by the asterisk (*). It is anticipated that several new projects will be initiated during the year. Participation in EPRG gives National Grid and Cadent access to research projects that may otherwise be more difficult to fund on an individual basis, as well as the opportunity of validating work carried out on internal programmes. There are extensive networking opportunities with other gas transporters and across the wider industry. Collaboration through this organisation will continue to play a key role in the innovation portfolio. National Grid and Cadent want 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 EPRG, National Grid and Cadent have 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.
Abstract EPRG (European Pipeline Research Group) undertakes a wide range of research directed to increased integrity and safety of gastransmission pipelines. Corrosion, fit-for-purpose assessment and rehabilitation will constitute the major topics for existing pipelines,whereas for new pipelines in the ever-expanding European GT grid, higher strength steels and higher hoop stress factorsprovide new challenges and opportunities for cost-effective pipeline construction and operation.
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