Greg Jones

Project Manager, Net Zero Technology Centre, United Kingdom

Greg who is currently working with the Net Zero Technology Centre has over 30 years experience in onshore and offshore pipelines, with roles ranging from Design Engineer, to Operations Manager and Project Director covering all aspects including design, construction, operation and mothballing / abandonment working mainly in the UK but with periods in Australia and East Africa. During this time Greg has worked for consultancies, construction companies and major oil & gas operators.

15.05 - 15.20 CET

Virtual Pipeline Summit 15 Dec

Keynote Speech "Pipelines – To Reuse or Not to Reuse"

The UK seabed plays home to 1000 pipelines measuring over 45,000 kilometers, that the renewables industry could potentially reuse. Using existing pipelines reduces the infrastructure cost for renewable energy, minimising the initial upfront capital expenditure of commissioning a new pipeline by as much as 70%.

Not all of these pipelines will be suitable for transporting CO2 or hydrogen. Therefore, each one must be assessed to determine its suitability for reuse. This assessment is fundamental to any reuse project but is a time-consuming and challenging task. One option is to reapply the appropriate design codes. However, as the pipeline has already been in use, this is insufficient and involves significant work to assess its suitability fully.

The oil and gas industry has already developed a comprehensive methodology for assessing pipelines that examines the pipeline's life and the elements that would need to be addressed based on Failure Modes, Effects and Critically Analysis (FMECA). This approach was adapted to apply to reuse in the renewables sector, and high-level test cases were conducted. These assessments focused on reusing the pipelines to transport CO2 or H2 and demonstrated that the methodology was a valid and valuable approach to assessing a pipelines fitness for change of use for renewable energy.

This presentation will cover the background behind the methodology as well as presenting a summary of the findings from the test case.

15.20 - 16.00 CET

Virtual Pipeline Summit 15 Dec

Panel Discussion "The Future of the Offshore Pipeline Industry"

Panel discussion with live Q&A session