Conference to focus on Ireland’s gas infrastructure and low-carbon future
25 August 2017
The conference will examine the role of low-carbon gas in our future energy mix. Organised by the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM), ‘The Future of Gas Infrastructure in Ireland’ conference is supported by:
- Gas Networks Ireland (GNI),
- The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment,
- Engineers Ireland and
- The Pipeline Industries Guild.
Based on the 2015 Government White Paper on Energy Policy, gas is seen as the transitionary low-carbon fuel to 2050 after the eventual phasing out of peat, coal and oil. Gas networks too will increasingly be decarbonised by blending with renewable biogas from wastewater and other innovative technologies like hydrogen to replace natural gas, offering a future role for current assets.
‘The Future of Gas Infrastructure in Ireland’ conference will be opened by a Government Minister, followed by IGEM president Sheila Lauchlan, whose keynote address on ‘The Future of the Gas Grid’ will be eagerly awaited. The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment’s chief technical adviser Bob Hanna will join the panel discussion on policy.
The ten-year outlook on gas will be outlined by Maurice Power, senior network planning engineer with GNI. He will be followed by Julie McGrath, the CNG commercial engineer with GNI, who will present on CNG refuelling stations and the Causeway project for heavy goods vehicles to decarbonise transport.
Lorna Millington, design manager of Cadent Gas (formerly National Grid) UK will report on turning black-bin solid waste into BioSNG, while Ian Kilgannon, innovation manager with GNI, will deal with the future integration of biogas into the Irish national grid. Dr Ann McGarry, director of energy safety with the Commission for Energy Regulation, will speak on safety regulation of CNG and biogas – both proposed innovations by GNI.
These morning sessions will be chaired by Liam Nolan GNI’s head of technical competency and standards, and by Prof Brian O’Gallachóir, director of energy policy and modelling research at University College Cork respectively.
The afternoon session on innovation will be chaired by PJ Rudden, RPS director and past president of Engineers Ireland. He has been active in the gas industry in both Ireland and UK over many years.
The afternoon session will feature a number of UK utility experts on low-carbon gas initiatives. Dan Sadler, technical advisor with Northern Gas Networks, will speak on ‘Leeds H21 – a hydrogen community’, while Chris Clarke, director of asset management, Wales & West Utilities, will present on ‘Cornwall Energy Island’. Floating liquefied natural gas (LNG), as recently proposed for Cork Harbour, will be dealt with by Olivier Simpson, vice president of Excelerate Energy US.
The concluding session will feature Angus McIntosh, Scotia Gas Networks’ head of innovation and new technology, speaking on the organisation’s OBAN project off the West Scottish coast, which examined the feasibility of opening up the gas market to different sources and blends of gas to the network. Finally, Freddie Tilbrook of Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) will show how the EIC is bringing energy innovation and industry together to realise a low-carbon future by putting customers in control of their own future of reduced carbon emissions.
At the recent launch of the National Climate Mitigation Plan, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughton stated: “Confronting climate change is the global imperative of our generation. We must meet these challenges and grasp these opportunities head on if we are to achieve the transformation that will lead us to a low carbon and climate resilient future.” This conference is therefore particularly timely and relevant.
The lead sponsor of ‘The Future of Gas Infrastructure in Ireland’ conference will be Gas Networks Ireland together with RPS, Murphy International and Fingleton White.
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