Jan 2017
Gas Distribution
IGEM Gas Quality Standard Working Group
NIA_SGN0107
Live
Jan 2017
Jan 2020
SGN, Cadent, Northern Gas Networks and Wales and West Utilities
Phil Bradwell, Innovation Project Manager, Angus McIntosh, SGN – lead network Robyn Jenkins (NGGT) Andy Lewis (Cadent) Ian Marshall (WWU) Ben Hanley (NGN)
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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Future of gas
Gas Distribution Networks and Gas Transmission Networks
£135,986.00
The principle objective of the working group is the production of an IGEM standard covering UK gas quality specification in order to facilitate a change from GS(M)R that reflects the decline in UKCS, the available alternative sources of gas and aligns with the European standard. The standard will set the Wobbe Index (WI) range appropriate for the UK initially examining the extension of the upper range. The specification will also examine the further widening in the lower range and changes to other quality parameters at an appropriate stage as and when the evidence emerges. Alongside this technical review there is a parallel process reviewing the legislative and regulatory case for change.

The objectives of the project are:

  • Set up of a core group to drive the production of the standard and ensure appropriate representation from across the industry and supply chain
  • Identify and map relevant industry groups and bodies and develop a robust communication process and feedback method
  • Identify links and necessary representation for these both in the UK and in the EU.
  • Set up of sub groups (where required) which will examine the specific potential effects of a change in GS(M)R on the supply chain, industry, customers and asset owners
  • Develop database of current and previous studies into gas quality
  • Set the Wobbe Index (WI) range appropriate for the UK initially examining the extension of the upper range
  • Production of an IGEM standard covering UK gas quality specification in order to facilitate a change from GS(M)R

Evaluate, identify and facilitate projects toward future gas quality changes

The success criteria for the project are:

  • Database of current and previous studies into gas quality developed

  • Production of 6 monthly progress reports
  • Agreement and approval of the IGEM standard covering UK gas quality specification in order to facilitate a change from GS(M)
  • Completion of the review process of the IGEM standard covering UK gas quality specification in order to facilitate a change from GS(M)R

  • An established platform to evaluate future gas quality projects