Eurogif: Investigating technical and environmental issues across the entire gas supply chain

Bouygues Offshore (BOS) as a member of Eurogif, with a representation on the board, also participates actively in the association's various Thematic Networks.

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Michel Lempire
Bouygues Offshore

Bouygues Offshore (BOS) as a member of Eurogif, with a representation on the board, also participates actively in the association's various Thematic Networks. In particular, BOS is a leader of TN7, Environment GasTec (Environmentally Friendly Natural Gas Technologies), the objective of which is to coordinate the research, technology, and development (RTD) activities relevant to the gas chain within a European network of suppliers, contractors, energy companies, research insti-tutions, and universities linked to other inter-national RTD programs.

Sustainable development is the challenge for a world with an expanding population expecting better life conditions in an environment under constant pressure. Energy systems must evolve to meet the changing needs, respond to environmental concerns, and particularly to the threat of global warming. All fuels will be affected by rapidly changing, increasingly competitive, and much more complex energy markets.

In the coming decades, extending natural gas consumption is likely to become the most important means of reducing CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, while renewable technologies are marketed and widely used. By-products of all processes now have to be commercialized or segregated and safely disposed of in the reservoir or elsewhere. In this context, Europe will permanently update its knowledge and constantly investigate innovative techniques related to gas transport and utilization while securing the supply and diversification of this natural source of energy recognized as the main key to our future.

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Examples of innovative new concepts for offshore gas field developments, including the Azure LNG project proposed by SN Technigaz and others in France.
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The technical, economic, and environmental issues are closely interconnected and can no longer be investigated independently. They have to be optimized along the whole chain, "from well to wire and from well to wheel."

TN7 will:

•Establish a comprehensive state-of-the-art analysis in scientific and technological subjects dealing with the overall gas chain

•Produce a Vision Master Plan to devise a coordinated strategy for future research activities and deployment of existing technologies.

The Vision Master Plan will mainly focus on environmental aspects, with a particular and detailed study of greenhouse gases. It will also address integration of existing national RTD activities across Europe and neighboring countries – notably Russia, which plays a major role in the gas industry – to propose a European-wide coherent approach toward environmental, safety, and normative aspects related to the whole gas chain

The Search network consortium includes 32 recognized players, representing nine countries and covering the European gas industry in all activity domains: contractors, suppliers, classification societies, research institutes, universities, operators (natural gas producers and distributors), and end users. A Russian gas institute also participates in the network.

The network is organized around three auditing centers, six technical work packages, and one coordinator with nominated leaders. The Search network is coordinated by Bouygues Offshore, with the six Work Package leaders and the three auditors. The latter are charged with auditing all project work activities and maintaining them in line with the pre-defined target actions and strategic priorities. They ensure that project deliverable documentation is fully in line with European Commission expectations in terms of:

  • Safety and environmental aspects, led by Det Norske Veritas
  • Social and economic aspects, led by Piraeus University
  • Scientific and technical aspects, led by TNO.

The technical activity is divided into six Tech-nical Work Packages with the following responsible leaders:

  • WP1: Gas supplies, Institut Français du Pétrole
  • WP2: Resources characterization, Compa-gnie Générale de Géophysique
  • WP3: Gas treatment, Linde
  • WP4: Gas conversion, Aker Maritime
  • WP5: Gas Transport, Saipem
  • WP6: End Users, Gas Waerme Institut.

TN7 will endeavor to delineate the actions needed to make natural gas available to the EU in the most economic and environmentally friendly conditions, to study the potential technical and economic consequences of the possible choices, and to optimize the benefits of this development. This is for the sake of a better environment, smooth energy supplies, and a more competitive European supply and services industry

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