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Reference Number NIA_NGN_424
Title Network Diversification & Resilience
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Other 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 August 2023
End Date 30 November 2023
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £184,989
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_424
Objectives "The project will be split into 4 Work Packages. WP1Technical Requirements Report: Operational, and technical requirements. This provides the basis that any designed system would need to meet to be considered viable.Analysis of Network (Report): Review of the network and features to be navigated Literature Review: Document existing techniques and prior work done on installing payloads into pipesConcept Analysis: Develop high level concepts for the installation of payloads into gas pipesWP2Monitoring Requirement Report: Desired monitoring requirements of gas operator Monitoring Literature & Patent Review: Document existing techniques and prior work done on gas pipe monitoring from within pipes Monitoring Feasability Report: Report setting out parameters that could be monitored and design considerations to be implemented WP3 Regulatory Review Report: Report setting out regulatory considerations and findings relating to the installation of infrastructure into gas pipes and use of infrastructure for commercial purposesCommercial Review Report: Report setting out a high level fibre market review, potential customers and analysis of demand potentialWP4Final Report: This report will summarise the project findings, evaluate the phases above the success criteria and recommend next steps. " "In ScopeTechnical Review (Installation) Current network coverage and architecture Operational processes Design requirements & considerations Overview of fibre deployment options and methodology Review of required payloads for other uses e.g. Hydrogen Example network architecture and design Simulation and modelling of typical installation ranges Technical Review (Asset Monitoring) Monitoring requirements Overview of existing monitoring capabilities vs fibre monitoring options Recommend monitoring options to take forward to PoC Technical Review (Legal and Regulatory) Analysis of existing contracts for limitations and allowances Review of relevant national and local regulation Commercial Analysis High level market review of wholesale fibre market Existing service providers, market share and network owners Analysis of demand/potential demand for fibre High-level potential revenue opportunities Commercial model options to exploit revenue opportunities. Out of Scope Commercial/Implementation business case development Building proof of concept prototypes" "Identify the risks of installing a ducted infrastructure into a live gas pipeIdentify the technical requirements for the installed systemIdentify the operational considerations and potential feasible solutions that need to be made for the installed system so that it does not impact operation of the networkIdentify the techniques best used to monitor in pipe conditions using the ducted infrastructureIdentify other revenue streams for the NGN network"
Abstract This project seeks to investigate the repurposing of gas distribution network assets for the installation of ducted infrastructure to support operation of utility systems. These systems could be used for alternative utilities, unlocking a new revenue stream for gas operators, as well as deployment of fibre optic monitoring, helping to better understand the state of their existing gas asset networks. To achieve this, any deployed system needs to be technically, commercially, operationally, and regulatorily feasible. The feasibility of using the ducted infrastructure for monitoring in pipe conditions and surrounding conditions will also be assessed as part of this project, providing a potentially significant benefit to gas distribution network operators as the system looks to transition towards net zero.
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Added to Database 01/11/23