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Reference Number NIA_NGN_170
Title Paw Patrol (Gas Detection Dogs - Phase 2)
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 BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
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Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 August 2016
End Date 01 January 2017
Duration 7 months
Total Grant Value £18,500
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_170
Objectives Imprint the dog with domestic scented gas using sample bottles provided by the operator. Design and install a test rig outlining requirements from NGN with known leak locations. Confirm whether a dog can detect domestic gas in a controlled environment of buried pipework containing manufactured leaks. Directly compare the dog’s performance and detection ability with that of a Gascoseeker. Confirm whether a dog can be trained to detect a leak on reported/known leaking infrastructure in an uncontrolled environment. The project will be deemed successful if a technical report has been issued summarising the project’s outcomes based on the following parameters: The dog’s performance in terms of accuracy and sensitivity It’s suitability for ongoing inspections in comparison to conventional methodsIdentification of potential benefits in comparison to conventional methods through increased speed of leakage detection and avoided excavations and their associated financial, environmental and safety benefits
Abstract Leakage Detection, pipeline or asset condition compliance methods in Great Britain have remained, predominantly, unchanged for decades. No disruptive innovation has ever been introduced to this highly critical area due to the very nature of our risk averse environment and regulatory nature of the energy sector. In a recently conducted feasibility study, Northern Gas Networks has established that a dog can actually be trained to detect and pinpoint, accurately, the scent that we add to domestic natural gas. In order to capitalize on this successful study result an investigation is required into how gas detection dogs can practically be deployed within the gas sector in order to assist engineers to undertake field operations. Natural gas is odorless to humans and the domestic supply is typically dosed with mercaptan to give it a scent to assist in leak detection. The Phase 1 research consisted of a number of above ground tests and trials using various concentrations of Mercaptan to see how small of a concentration could be detected by the dogs. Phase 2 of the project will conduct additional research to evaluate whether trained sniffer dogs can be added to NGN’s rapid response team to detect and pinpoint a live gas leak. The evaluation will be based on the results from field trials which will be designed to test the dog’s performance, accuracy, sensitivity and suitability for ongoing inspection in a variety of operational scenarios.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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