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Reference Number NIA_NGGT0132
Title PRCI (Pipeline Research Council International) 2018
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 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 2018
End Date 01 April 2019
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £354,000
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%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGGT0132
Objectives 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 and Cadent completed a review of the projects on the 2018 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 and/or Cadent 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 and Cadent are participating in for the 2018 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 Monitoring (SOM) The National Grid and Cadent funded programmes in the following areas in the 2017 ballot: Technology Development Centre (TDC): Provided a base level funding for the maintenance of the TDC which provides the PRCI membership with a comprehensive specimen library as well as unique pipeline testing facilities. Design Materials & Construction: Funded programmes to evaluate the latest pipeline in-line isolation technologies, the evaluation of use composite repairs of pipelines which have dent and gouge defects and the full scale testing of pipeline sections under the influence of high loads due to vibration and temporary loadings due to operational requirements/ Integrity and Inspection Surveillance: Funded the use of aerial LiDAR data collection for Geohazard assessment and the assessment of satellites to monitor and improve pipeline river crossing management. Operations and Measurement: Funded programmes examining the fitness for service of crack within corrosion defects and the development of a holistic standard for the definition of the impact of stay DC interference on transmission pipelines. In 2017, the PRCI introduced the Research Bank, which allowed members to allocate funds to the bank which could be used throughout the year to fund new initiatives. Currently, National Grid is looking to use its Bank fund to support work on novel methane pipeline detection systems.All the areas of project support were chosen to align with the current innovation portfolios and are key business areas of interest. Participation in PRCI gives National Grid Gas and Cadent Gas 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 networks with a reducing impact on the environment. By participating in PRCI, National Grid and Cadent have and willcontinue 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.
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