Optimize the functioning, operation and safety of the gas system

“Our R&D work guarantees the safety level of the networks in operation today and facilitates the reception of new gases tomorrow. Our objective is to identify new maintenance, monitoring or work techniques offering a financial gain with equal safety and quality.”

(Carine Lacroix, Program Coordinator)

Contact: Michel HARDY.

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  • Controlling the impact of gas on the safety of people and property
  • Ensuring the integrity of metallic and non-metallic infrastructures
  • Optimize asset management, maintenance and network operations
  • Optimize the monitoring of our facilities and test new materials to improve GRTgaz’s competitiveness
Major challenges
  • Metallic and non-metallic pipes
  • Installations, network and metering equipment, pressure reduction stations
  • Monitoring, detection of pipes
  • Work
  • Improve knowledge of the gases transported and define specifications
  • Improve knowledge of hazardous phenomena, develop/reinforce external inspection technologies
  • Controlling the ageing of coatings, developing and providing protection solutions, making non-destructive testing techniques more reliable
  • Improve the predictivity of analytical models, develop numerical simulation tools
  • Characterize materials in situ and develop new repair techniques
  • Improve the knowledge of risks on the network in operation, develop risk models after instrumentation of structures
  • Identify new monitoring techniques and test them
  • Identify new technologies to limit damage to structures during the construction phase
  • Develop new solutions to improve pipe detection accuracy
  • Identify and test new materials
  • Develop new construction technologies
Key drivers
Looking ahead to 2030
  • Continued qualification of gas analyzers and detectors as well as gas quality measurements to obtain variations.
  • Optimizing the predictive capabilities of modeling software
  • Improve the accuracy of detection and sizing of critical corrosion defects and develop systems for hard-to-inspect sections
  • Reduce the number of interventions on low criticality defects, develop new repair techniques and better map the mechanical properties of the network
  • To have procedures and instructions adapted to the risks linked to cold and the arrival of new gases
  • To have more efficient and reliable differentiated maintenance tools. Use of newly developed maintenance techniques offering a financial gain with equal safety and quality
  • Have available automated surveillance systems, which will be drivers for improving financial performance and the environmental footprint, in addition to the traditional methods
  • Develop technological bricks allowing to visualize in augmented reality the pipes on a tablet in areas not covered by GPS
  • Install and operate new types of piping that allow for quick and easy installation
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