Jan 2015
Gas Distribution
T Shale – Part One (scenarios)
NIA_NGN_110
Complete
Jan 2015
Jul 2017
Northern Gas Networks
Greg Dodd NGN - (07966887355), Craig Mauelshagen BMA –(07577628226)
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Network Innovation Allowance
None
Gas Distribution Networks
£126,500.00
In 2014 NGN were unsuccessful in their NIC ‘T-Shale’ project bid. OFGEM requested that the original NIC bid should be broken down into smaller more manageable NIA projects. This project is the first of three smaller NIA projects.This project seeks to identify and quantify the currently unknown, significant challenges faced by both shale gas produces and the distribution networks to effectively introduce unconventional gas to GB. Ofgem recognised this as innovative approach and work that has not been carried out to any appreciative depth.

As part of this project NGN also seeks to develop a viable, efficient connection scenario for the connection of the Bowland shale basin to the existing Northern Gas Network infrastructure

The objectives of the project are:

  1. To deliver a final report on the project research findings
  2. To produce feasibility report for the connection of the Bowland shale basin to the existing Northern Gas Network infrastructure.

 The research final report will summarise the findings, results and outcomes of the research into the connection of shale gas development to the GB gas network infrastructure. The report will cover the following areas:

  1. Technical – Research viable connection scenarios, incorporating best practice and lessons learned for shale gas development in the United States
  2. Commercial – Develop high level cost estimates against viable scenarios
  3. Regulatory – Review the current safety, environmental, planning, gas industry standards and network license conditions and assess them for suitability against the identified, viable connection scenarios
  4. Schedule – Review timescales for infrastructure development to accommodate connections for shale gas development  

The feasibility report for the connection of the Bowland shale basin to the existing Northern Gas Network infrastructure will contain the following information:

  1. Viable connection scenarios
  2. Cost estimates against viable scenarios
  3. Timescales for viable scenarios
  4. Ranking methodology for ranking scenarios

Identification of regulatory actions required

The success of the project will be measured against the following criteria:

Research final report

The research final report will deliver the following information:

  1. Technical – Identifying and ranking the viable scenarios for connecting shale gas development to the GB gas infrastructure from a technical perspective

  2. Commercial – Providing cost estimates (+/- 30%) against the top 5 viable technical scenarios

  3. Regulatory – Identifying gaps in the current safety, environmental, planning, gas industry standards

  4. Schedule – Providing indicative programmes for the top 5 viable technical scenarios

Feasibility study for the connection of the Bowland shale basin to the existing Northern GasNetwork infrastructure

The feasibility study will deliver the following information

  1. Viable connection scenarios, ranked in order of overall suitability

  2. Cost estimating (+/- 30%) of all identified scenarios

  3. Indicative programmes for all connection scenarios

  4. Ranking methodology for developed scenarios

  5. Table identifying regulatory actions required to accommodate each viable connection scenario

  6. Schedule – Providing indicative programmes for the top 5 viable technical scenarios

  7. Optimum Solution – Provide recommendations for the optimum solution for the connection of the Bowland shale basin to the Northern Gas Network infrastructure