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Improving natural gas safety

NPL has recently completed a highly successful industrial project to compare methods of measuring the hydrocarbon dew point of natural gas.

Natural gas safety

The hydrocarbon dew point (HCDP) is the temperature, at a given pressure, at which the hydrocarbon components of natural gas start to condense out. It is vital to the safety of the UK's natural gas transmission network that the conditions within the pipeline are such that this dangerous condensate is prevented from forming. Accurate measurement of the HCDP is essential to ensure that the gas network meets with current legislative requirements that relate to this issue.

NPL, National Grid, and three other UK companies undertook a project together to compare the different dew point measurement techniques currently in use. As a result of the work with NPL, the companies involved gained a valuable insight into how their instruments operated and performed in relation to each other. Improved and innovative analytical methods for natural gas measurements have also been developed - these will help to underpin the safety of the UK natural gas network.

For further information, contact Andrew Brown

Find out more about NPL's research in Analytical Science / Gas Metrology & Trace Analysis

Do you have a measurement challenge that you'd like NPL's help with? If so, why not apply for NPL's Technology Innovation FundĀ ?

Last Updated: 30 Apr 2012
Created: 12 Nov 2010

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