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Reference Number NIA_NGN_014
Title Carbon Monoxide Gascoseeker
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Other oil and gas) 50%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Oil and gas combustion) 50%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 November 2011
End Date 01 November 2013
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £34,463
Industrial Sectors Technical Consultancy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGN_014
Objectives Deliverables The deliverables will comprise of: A full and thorough operational trial of new technologies and procedure A report presenting results and recommendations A revision to operational procedures to ensure CO is part of BAU when rolled out. Produce addendum to current practice (EM72) for use within the trial area only Liaison with equipment provider for the training and up skilling of trial participants Monitor and report on the progress and issues and deliverables during the operational trial period Prepare a technical report which describes the methodology and data used and disseminate knowledge from lessons learnt.
Abstract As carbon monoxide cannot be seen or tasted and does not smell, the use of equipment to aid detection is vital. This includes domestic audible carbon monoxide alarms manufactured to the European safety standard EN50291 Currently within NGN we have no single piece of equipment which can detect Carbon Monoxide, the current process of looking for discolouration to flames or soot around appliances, feeling nauseas or constantly tired, these visual inspections are all worthwhile but NGN felt that more had to be done to tackle this ‘silent killer’. Key DriversSafety - To all Customers & Workforce Efficiency - To give the best service possibleThe current Gascoseeker unit which NGN use monitors for gas parts per million only which is ideal for detecting leaks but we felt as an industry we needed to do more in protecting our customers and workforce against all the dangers posed by gas taking the proactive approach rather than re-active. Gascoseeker technology has been in operation since the early 1980’s with the current monitoring equipment being in use for circa 5 years. With this in mind the existing Gascoseekers used by our workforce are due for replacement early in the RIIO-GD1 period. The reason for this is the current Gascoseeker units are becoming obsolete due to unavailability of spare parts, replacements etc. As set out in Section 6 of the RIIO-GD1 Business Plan, we plan to replace them with equipment which incorporates the capability to undertake CO & Oxygen detection alongside natural gas. There was strong feedback from our stakeholders that our emergency staff should have this capability and therefore Northern Gas Networks are currently trialling suitable equipment.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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