Feb 2015
Gas Distribution
Smart Paints and Coating Systems
Feb 2015
Sep 2018
Keith Ellison, Innovation Project Manager
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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Reliability and maintenance
Protection and Gas Distribution Networks
The scope of this project is to investigate the latest developments in paint and coating technology and products for use on SGN’s plant. This would allow the potential for utilising more cost effective solutions for the protection of both above and below ground assets.

The objectives of this project are to:

  • Introduction of new Paint and Coating technologies into SGN’s activities which will potential reduce application costs for above and below ground assets and improve the life of the asset.
  • Consolidation and updating of existing SGN specifications for Paints and Coatings will include suitable new technologies.
  • Create a new SGN Policy approval of the new specification to allow their use within the network, to provide a safe and efficient cost effective solution, and the likely reduction in paint application waste disposal could both improve efficiencies and productivity.
The success criteria for this project is to trial and test the new paint technologies and methods and to simplify the paint selection process. The project will be determined to be a success if the following is achieved:

  • Compatibility assessment of smart paint, coating technology and products with particular consideration to durability, practicality of application and price on all SGN assets.
  • Risk assessment and gap analysis of relevant industry and SGN standards and specifications.
  • Completed review of current specifications including assessment of current practice suitability in relation to applicable new technologies.
  • Draft a new specification incorporating applicable new technologies.
  • Completed technical report on results, findings and comparisons between new and existing elements.
  • Carry out off site and on site field trials.
  • Provide technical reports on previous installations and their successes rate.
  • COSHH and Risk Assessments for all new products added to the paint register.
  • Produce a Maintenance Work instruction, in SGN’s SMF format, that enables the operative to select a suitable paint system for the equipment and the applications techniques required.
  • Share the learning of this project with the other Network Licensees.