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Reference Number NIA_NGN_238
Title Project Zero
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 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 February 2019
End Date 01 July 2020
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £251,800
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_238
Objectives This project takes learning from a previous NIA project; Live ECV Exchange (NIA_NGN_226), which proved it was feasible to undertake an exchange of an ECV under live gas conditions with no impact to the customers gas supply. Due to the success of this project NGN would like to explore further the use of encapsulation technology to undertake live gas maintenance tasks on the network. This project covers the development for a range of solutions which can be used on our low pressure network, without interrupting the gas supply and minimising excavations. The development focuses on four core areas, which all relate to the development of a safe enclosure(s) that allows a variety of tasks to be carried out under live conditions. This project will also seek to determine if there are other activities that could be undertaken in a temporary but controlled environment using an enclosure that can be developed to allow the exchange of network components.It will aim to cover the following areas:• Development of a Low pressure 40mBar MAOP encapsulation prototypes (Stretch Target 60mBar) • Including a 2 x safety factor lab testing of the prototypes, to 80/120mBar.• Pre-loosening of the ECV / joint connections prior to kit installation• Training of NGN operatives at Synthotech Ltd on all equipment gathering of information or tools used on the trials• Development of solution that can be undertaken in under one hour or no longer than current method(s)• Development for four core concepts to allow a variety of new techniques to be applied The project will aim to development a replacement method in the four key areas outlined below.1.Live Exchange of ECVs (TRL4 – 7)2.Use of ServiceCam to be used on steel services (TRL5-7) (No ECV).3.Live Service Isolation Valve exchange or insertion on to a service (TRL4-7) o Fitment of isolation valve to Metallic Pipe work (TRL4-7) o Isolation approach for PE pipework diameter (TRL4-7)4.Live Pivot Tee exchange (TRL4-7) for emergency situations
Abstract Project Zero aims to develop a number of encapsulation technology prototypes to enable zero interruption to customers gas supplies during a number of network operations.
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Added to Database 09/11/22