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Enterprise Development Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Supply and Use of Gas

The Group of Experts on the Supply and Use of Gas, which meets once annually immediately after the session of the Working Party on Gas in late January, deals with downstream activities, e.g. construction, management and maintenance of gas transportation systems, storage of gas, technical and ecological norms applied in design and operation of gas distribution networks, various uses of natural gas etc. The regional study on "Underground Gas Storage in Europe and Central Asia" was part of the work programme of this Group.

 Programme of Work

 GAS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, STORAGE AND RATIONAL USE OF GAS (continuing)

 The programme of work of the Group on Natural Gas Resources includes the following sub-items:

 1. Construction, management and maintenance of gas transmission systems: diagnostics of gas transmission lines (1996-2003)

 

  • Description: Study of various methods and techniques applied in the diagnostics of high-pressure gas pipelines in different countries.
  • Work to be undertaken: To organize a lecture/presentation on this topic at the next session. To suspend work on this topic. To undertake similar survey in two years' time.

2. Methods for detection of gas leakages during extraction, transportation, distribution and storage of natural gas (1994-2003)

  • Description: Study of various aspects related to gas leakages and methods of their detection.
  • Work to be undertaken: Annual lectures and discussions on emissions requirements. To undertake similar survey in two years' time.

3. Use of horizontal wells in underground gas storage (2000-2003)

  • Work to be undertaken : To organize a lecture on this topic, prepared by the rapporteur from Hungary.

4. Technological and ecological norms required for the design and operation of gas distribution networks (1999-2003)

  • Description: To review existing norms, standards and techniques related to the design, construction and operation of gas distribution networks and household gas appliances.
  • Work to be undertaken: Update of this topic in two or three year's time.

5. Existing standards and regulations on permissible concentrations of harmful components in gaseous fuels and gaseous fuels combustion products (1999-2003)

  • Description: To review and study standards and regulations applied in countries.
  • Work to be undertaken: Update of this topic in two or three year's time.

6. Existing standards for CNG fuelling stations (2002-2003)

  • Description: To collect data on existing standards, in view of their dissemination and harmonization.
  • Work to be undertaken: Consideration of a draft questionnaire, prepared by the rapporteur from Portugal.

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