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Reference Number NIA_NGN_285
Title Safe Operational Framework for the Temporary Provision of Alternative Natural Gas Systems 3 (SOFTPANG 3)
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 March 2021
End Date 01 March 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £126,812
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_285
Objectives In 2018, in partnership with Northern Gas Networks (NORTHERN GAS NETWORKS) and the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC), MMI Engineering (now trading as Thornton Tomasetti) collaboratively delivered the Safety and Operational Framework for the Temporary Provision of Alternative Natural Gas Systems (SOFTPANG) to minimise and/or avoid gas supply interruptions. In 2020, NGN, the EIC and TT collaborated again to deliver phase 2 of the SOFTPANG project. In this phase, potential technologies identified in the original SOFTPANG project were reviewed against specified requirements. This process resulted in the recommendation of specific technologies to meet the requirements of NGN within defined scenarios.This project will see the undertaking of field trials and deployment of a CNG based temporary supply, NGN and Thornton Tomasetti will work in partnership to co-ordinate and support the field trials of this technology. The project will be delivered in two stages: - Stage 1 will see TT lead and co-ordinate field trials on the NGN network where small CNG bottles (less than 20kg) will be used as an alternative and temporary supply of gas to individual domestic properties. Stage 2 will see TT research and develop regulatory approvals to use CNG tanker gas as an alternative and temporary supply of gas to a larger number of properties, as well as co-ordinate test site trials on a controlled environment to prove technologies work. Stage 1 and 2 will be accompanied with documentation and reports detailing operational processes / deployment for both stages. The work will be undertaken in two stages, with the first state being completed before the second commences so to allow for continuation of project members, we will be focusing on: - Live field trials for CNG bottled gas Test facility / site trials for CNG tanker gas
Abstract The concept of using CNG to provide a temporary and / or alternative fuel source is not novel and there are already a number of industries that use this approach at their facilities. “Virtual Pipelines” are becoming more common place and there are a growing number of CNG suppliers and transporters within the UK to meet this need. The concept of deploying this technology to support the Gas Transition Network and / or individual properties is new and there are technical and regulatory constraints that need to be addressed before this technology could be deployed operationally.
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Added to Database 02/11/22