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Reference Number NIA_NGN_049
Title Technologies and strategies to reduce gas leakage expenditure profile
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 SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
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 January 2014
End Date 01 July 2015
Duration 18 months
Total Grant Value £177,704
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGN_049
Objectives This project will deliver a report which will include: A comprehensive summary of leakage/pressure management practice/equipment and costs within the UK water industry. A detailed review of changes to gas sector analysis/operation process, based upon transfer from the UK water industry, which could provide improvements in leakage management efficiency and effectiveness. Recommendations on utilisation of leakage detection technology and deployment techniques to identify the most cost-effective intervention technique for leaking gas mains. Recommendations on the use or development of leak/water ingress detection technology that could be transferred from the water to gas industry. An implementation strategy with respect to leakage/pressure management within the gas industry. Following this research the networks should be able to: Identify changes to current gas industry leakage/pressure management equipment, practice and policy that could improve efficiency and effectiveness. This will include Regulatory conditions and operational factors affecting implementation, based on water industry techniques. Understand the utilisation of leakage detection/deployment technology to identify the most cost-effective intervention technique for leaking gas mains. Identify cost savings that could result from any of the above changes. Utilise existing water ingress detection technology into existing water ingress removal strategiesLeakage detection/deployment and water ingress technology that show promise and may be worth developing further, the networks will be in a position to plan the development of these technologies
Abstract Methane (CH4) is the prime constitute of Natural Gas and is a much more potent Greenhouse Gas (CHG) than carbon dioxide (CO2). Leakage from the natural gas grid is approximately 0. 06% of transported gas but can have a disproportionate impact on the environment. Location of very small leakages, economic cessation of these leaks and removing the need to expose buried pipework is a challenge to the gas sector to reduce its carbon footprint. Pro-active planned leakage detection, pipe repair and renovation along with localized effective pressure management has not been fully developed into business as usual. New strategies and technologies may now exist which may now make revisiting our existing approach a viable option to optimise leakage reduction, both on a technical and theoretical level. By undertaking a research program into the effects these strategies had on water reduction and there transferability from one sector to another, Networks will be able to reassess their current approach and develop new technologies that have a significant impact on gas leakage. The approach taken will be to: Conduct best practice and cost benchmarking to identify and recommend leakage/ pressure management practice and leakage detection technologies that could be transferred from the water to gas industry. As part of a suite of investigative tools respond to PREs, trial selected leakage detection technology and deployment techniques to identify if any are appropriate for gas industry application.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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