At a time when new sectors are gaining momentum, theevaluation and qualification of gas network equipment is proving to be more necessary than ever to design the gas installations of tomorrow. Before being used on the networks, these instruments and equipment must betested to ensure that they comply with the specifications defining the operators’ needs. In particular, one of the challenges is to support the various stakeholders to “go to scale” and develop these industrial sectors.
• Fluid mechanics, flow, vibration.
• Monitoring the technologies of regulation, expansion, safety shut-off.
• Design and execution of gas tests on complete equipment packages and installations.
• Design and production of prototypes.
The Alfortville test station is connected upstream to the transmission network at a pressure of 35 – 45 bar, and to the downstream distribution network (4 bar). An electro-compressor is used to raise this pressure to the pressure required by the tests. A gasometer tank with a capacity of 5000 m3 also provides an extra outlet for temporarily raising the flow rate if necessary. This facility, unique of its kind in Europe, is used to analyze the network devices under gas conditions and in all pressure classes, for transmission, distribution and domestic applications.
• The Alfortville test station is connected upstream to the transmission network at a pressure of 35 – 45 bar, and to the downstream distribution network (4 bar).
• Development of new equipment (see Focus Area 1 safety such as Connection Protection System).
• Expert appraisals following equipment damage, whether or not in the context of a dispute with a supplier.