Gas

The use of gas as an energy source requires a supply chain that includes production and supply to various types of industries and consumers. Within this chain, aspects like materials, storage, distribution, measurements, analysis and safety play an important role. In over eight decades, Kiwa has built up extensive knowledge and experience in the gas industry.

Kiwa has an extremely well-equipped test lab, where we can determine the mechanical and chemical properties of plastics and metals. The possible influence of a gas on these materials can also be determined. For many practical applications the resistance of materials to permeation of gases and water through pipe walls and other separation components (such as foils) is an important condition.

  • You probably collect large quantities of data about your network, including, for example, inspection reports for stations, pipeline leakage detection details, breakdown records or other information.
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  • Gas measurement takes place in the entire gas supply chain from gas production to delivery to industry and large business consumers and gas for household use. All the market parties benefit significantly (in financial terms) from correct and accurate gas measurement. Kiwa Technology advises these market parties.
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  • Benchmarking is one of the possibilities for improving the quality of your organisation and/or processes. If you wish to achieve the objectives that you have set, for example, for your asset management, you will have to translate them into specific, measurable, objective and consistent indicators.
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  • Energy meters are a crucial component in distribution networks for gas and heat. Based on its specific knowledge in the field of gas and heat measurement, Kiwa Technology will be delighted to advise you on purchasing and applying these energy meters.
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  • Every company that transports, stores and uses flammable substances is required by the Dutch Working Conditions Act (Arbowet) to pursue a policy aimed at protecting employees against the dangers of explosion.
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  • The added value of Risk Based Asset Management (e.g. according to PAS55 or NTA 8120) can be broken down into a number of internal and external benefits.
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  • Problems in pipelines are often caused by the joints. Kiwa Technology has built up vast experience. For example, we have used our expertise in the area of plastic welding (of PE, PEX, PA, PP etc.) and other jointing techniques for years to support our consultancy regarding research and development projects.
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  • When the composition of the gas is crucial. Particularly when the calorific value or Wobbe index needs to be identified. In addition, it is important that the gas is free of detrimental trace components. The possible presence of certain trace components depends strongly on the origin of the gas.
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  • All network operators' gas stations with accessible spaces where hazardous explosive atmospheres may occur are subject to the ATEX regulations. Network operators should therefore ask themselves many questions about safety. Kiwa Technology can advise you.
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  • In accordance with the provisions of the Dutch Gas Transportation and Delivery Act (Gaswet), the regional gas network operator must demonstrate the quality of its transportation service by means of checking. This also includes odourisation of the gas.
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