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Reference Number NIA_NGGT0151
Title EPRG (European Pipeline Research Group) 2019
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 June 2019
End Date 01 June 2020
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £96,600
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_NGGT0151
Objectives EPRGs enduring 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 a 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. For example, a regular exchange of research results is shared with the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) and Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA) at joint EPRG/APIA/PRCI biennial meetings. Participation in EPRG provides National Grid and Cadent Gas with the ability to access 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.There are 18 relevant projects currently underway at EPRG for the 2019 programme, and it is anticipated that several new projects will be initiated during the course of the year. Projects listed below that are of particular interest to National Grid and Cadent Gas have been identified by an asterisk (*):EPRG Project Code Project Title 163a* Long term resistance to adhesion loss of 3 layer polyolefin coatings.166* Low bond line toughness in HFW pipe. [166
Abstract The European Pipeline Research Group (EPRG) undertakes a wide range of research directed towards the increased integrity and safety of GT pipelines. Topics such as corrosion, fit-for-purpose assessment, and pipeline rehabilitation constitute the major areas of concern for existing pipelines. Whereas areas of concern for new pipelines, in the ever-expanding European GT grid, such as the use of higher strength steels and higher hoop stress factors, provide new challenges and opportunities for cost-effective pipeline construction and operation.
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