Readiness of Gas Infrastructure Operators to Safely Cope With Renewable Gases Including Hydrogen

Energy transition will deeply impact the natural gas industry. Renewable gases, including hydrogen, are expected to prevail in the mid-long term. Accordingly, infrastructure operators are facilitating an integrated energy market in which electricity, gas (methane, renewables, hydrogen…) and heat systems play their specific roles.

Gas infrastructure facilities will remain to play an essential role in gas conveying from supplier to (end) user and are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for an undefined lifetime.

Among several related technical aspects to be examined beforehand, the present position paper focuses on a fundamental one: give the proof that safety management is a high competence for natural gas infrastructure operators and that it can be applied to all gases, including hydrogen.

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