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Reference Number NIA_WWU_02_27
Title Gas Control System – Impact Assessment (Future requirements)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy system analysis) 90%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 10%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Other Systems Analysis) 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Wales and West Utilities
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 June 2023
End Date 31 January 2024
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £311,737
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Wales
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Gas Transmission (0.001%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Network (NGN) North East (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.000%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_WWU_02_27
Objectives "Discovery This stage will study the as-is system operations landscape, through document reviews, demos, control room visits and user discussions. Define H2 and Future of Energy scenarios & target capabilitiesIdentify key H2 scenarios to be explored, andDefine to a necessary and sufficient degree the target system operation capabilities required for each scenario. Assess impact of scenario on as-is operations Assess in detail the impact of the identified scenarios and target capabilities on: System operation processes, systems, data, and external links across all process domains and associated platforms including SCADA/HMI, network model management, line pack management and other functions such as offtake strategy and notifications, storage, forecasting, settlement/billing interfaces Changes to user roles and associated change management needsField capabilities such as sensors, RTUs, data-loggers and telemetryCybersecurity architecture and requirements We will also consider the potential mutual impact between the H2 scenarios and other planned enterprise and regulatory initiatives. Develop deliverables & roadmap This track will build on the detailed IA and heat maps to deliver the final outputs. Data quality StatementWipro are fully committed to maintaining high standards of data quality throughout the Hydrogen Control Room Readiness Impact Assessment project. During the impact assessment phases, we will collect data from various sources, including system design and application documents, workshop outputs, and publicly available information related to Hydrogen transition, and store this data in a secure SharePoint location. To ensure the protection of specific business IP and personal data, we will sensitise the information as per applicable policies such as GDPR, and subject it to peer review and approval before uploading it to the SharePoint location. We will maintain a data traceability matrix from data collection through analysis, correction, and conclusion, which will facilitate easy stakeholder reference.This data will be used for impact analysis of future energy scenarios on control systems, and we will share impact analysis outputs with GDN stakeholders for review. We remain committed to maintaining high standards of data quality, and we will take all necessary steps to safeguard the integrity and confidentiality of the data throughout the projectMeasurement Quality StatementWipro will employ a robust data measurement quality approach to ensure that the impact analysis exercise meets its data quality objectives. The approach will include standard system and process analysis procedures to assess the impact of Future of Energy(FOE) H2 scenarios on control room systems, processes, and data. The process will start during the Planning and discovery phase by taking a baseline of systems and processes using methods such as workshops and analysing associated documentation. As part of this baseline activity, Wipro will define the key data quality objectives for the analysis, identifying the critical data elements required, and assessing the current state of data quality in these elements.In the subsequent phases, Wipro will conduct analysis workshops with GDN stakeholders to define target system capabilities, assess and document changes, improvement areas, new system capabilities, and requirements for Proof of Concept (POC). The impact of FOE H2 scenarios will be assessed from multiple dimensions, including systems, processes, data, operating model, and cyber security. Wipro will establish proper governance to plan, monitor, and report progress of this project. All impact assessment deliverables will be peer-reviewed, and the results of these activities will be reported to stakeholders regularly to ensure transparency and accountability. The impact of FOE H2 scenarios will be traced back to the documentation baselined at the start of the engagement to ensure traceability, reliability, and comparability of results.The project is rated low in the common assessment framework detailed in the ENIP document after assessing the total project value, the progression through the TRL levels, the number of project delivery partners and the high level of data assumptions. No additional peer review is required for this project." "The scope of the impact assessment includes:Systems and related processes that directly support System Operation activities in the distribution networks and the impact on the national systemScada systems used by National Gas which is on the same platform as the SCADA systems in use in the Distribution NetworksResource requirements that are directly impacted by any changes to those control room systems e.g. if additional configuration will be requiredLinks to external systems, (although the external systems themselves are out of scope)Provision of recommendations in respect of, but not limited to, the current issues listed in paragraph 6.3 on next steps to inform our control room systems strategiesThis work begins the assessment process required to understand the changes needed to underpin the many changes anticipated as we move to net zero. This project is the first phase, with a potential further three phases that will take the project further through the TRL.There is a lot of ongoing work to identify the most effective route to meet net zero in the UK and this project is one of many projects to evidence the major or minor role hydrogen will have in different scenarios. Repurposing the UK gas networks with hydrogen to support the challenge of the climate change act has the potential to save £millions with minimal gas customer disruption verses alternative decarbonisation solutions " To undertake a robust impact assessment, providing analysis and options on the gas networks control room systems strategy
Abstract This proejct will produce an impact assessment, allowing the networks to have a better understanding of the future needs of our system operator function and data requirements for transition.
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Added to Database 18/10/23