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Reference Number NIA_NGN_224
Title Safety & Operational Framework for the Temporary Provision of Alternative Natural Gas Systems (SOFTPANG)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 90%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Other Supporting Data) 10%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 80%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 February 2018
End Date 01 February 2019
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £83,067
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGN_224
Objectives Develop a Safety & Operational Framework for the Temporary Provision of Alternative Natural Gas Systems (SOFTPANG), in order to minimise and/or avoid gas supply interruptions. The project will seek regulatory support, whilst enabling a future project for field trialling the frameworks methodology and specific gas supply technologies. • The development and production of a legal and commercial framework, a suite of requirements / standards, systems and processes, capable of enabling NGN to use new and existing temporary gas supply technologies within its network. • Initial Key Stakeholder agreement of the legal and commercial framework.Duration Extension The project has progressed significantly and is considered to be in the later stages of completion. However, the complexity of the work to understand the feasibility landscape of temporary gas supply technologies has meant the project has previously overrun and a project extension applied. The research element of the project is now considered complete. Further adding to the complexity is the specific reporting format in which NGN require the research feasibility report to be presented in. It has since been identified further work is required by the supplier to satisfy NGNs original project requirements. Although the significance of the work outstanding is considered to be low, it is a timely activity. Stage 1 Objectives Overview • Review of the legal, commercial, licencing and regulatory requirements related to the temporary use of portable natural gas storage • Documented robust evidence to gain initial support and agreement for the use of temporary gas / storage technologies from the regulator and shippers. Stage 2 Objectives Overview • Review of the range of available and new technologies to provide a temporary gas supply. • Understand the risks, capabilities and limitations of each type of temporary gas storage / supply technology, allowing for scenario based decision making. • Identify the training requirement for each type of temporary gas storage / supply technology. • Documented robust data to inform a CBA of implementing gas storage / supply technologies within the network.
Abstract Project Deliverables ​ A legal and commercial framework initially accepted by the regulator and shippers. ​ A safety management framework and decision guidance tool.​ A recommendations report, enabling a future project to field trial the methodology.
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Added to Database 02/12/22