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Reference Number NIA_WWU_058
Title Debris In Pipe
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
Wales and West Utilities
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 October 2019
End Date 01 March 2021
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £105,200
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Wales
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (99.997%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.001%)
Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_WWU_058
Objectives The scale of this topic is significant, and it would be easy to develop multi-year academic projects in order to provide an overview of the issues. However, this would not necessarily provide the GDNs with obviously routes to addressing debris. Therefore, in order to move forward, a 9-month project has been developed by Steer Energy to provide the GDNs with an overview of the key issues, as well as starting to identify potential routes for improvement. The project is divided into 3 main work packs: Problem Definition: Understanding the issues faced through Debris in Pipes for a range of stakeholders Identify and catalogue challenges: Quantify the challenges (i.e. low, medium, high) faced by the individual components of Operational processes, Solution Avenues: Determine the key areas to target potential solutions towards, with potential solution families conceptualised. The project will be broken down into 3 main work scopes, plus a reporting phase:WP1 Problem Definition Understand current processes where debris is an issue, in relation to (i) robotic use, and (ii) dead and (iii) live insertion techniques. Reference will also be made to other operations where debris appears to create a challenge. Map process and gather stakeholder views (Field Ops, Office Ops, Policy, Innovation etc) under timescales allowed Define what success criteria in operations for each GDN (optimal operations) WP2 Identify and catalogue challenges Debris, Objects, Joints, Sealant, Friction, Pipe Insertion, Pipe Bends etc Analyse each and define impact on easy installation / optimal operations Add rating for each based-on impact and quantify the challenge WP3 Solution Avenues Identify for the key impact areas the possible solution avenues to explore Propose potential partners to support solution development WP4 Reporting Monthly Reporting Final Report Obtain an overview of the challenges of Debris in pipes from a range of stakeholders within each of the GDNs. Provide the GDNs with a draft methodology for the quantification of each of the challenges (such as Debris, Objects, Joints, Sealant, Friction, Pipe Insertion, Pipe Bends) Create overview concept families which could be used in order to provide a solution to the challenge
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Added to Database 14/12/22