Leak tightness of gas installations and above-ground piping

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  • Brochures

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    (only in German)

  • Technical process calculations

    In order to respond to technical issues when operating and optimising pipeline systems, we use numerical simulation processes. These allow us to calculate what is going on inside the installations and pipelines, and thus resolve a multitude of fluid mechanics and technical process problems.

  • Safety assessments

    As a proven means of assessing hazards, numerical calculations are a key tool for determining preventative safety measures. The simulation results help rule out potential sources of danger.

  • Technical plant safety

    The installation of new systems, the modification of existing ones and changes to statutory rules and regulations often throw up new safety-related issues.

  • CHARM® – aerial leak tightness control

    With the development of CHARM®, Open Grid Europe is providing an innovative, efficient leakage control method for natural gas pipeline networks and thus an alternative to the current time and labour intensive practice of conducting on-site inspections of the pipelines with gas detection devices.

Installations carrying gas are subject to stringent safety requirements and are checked regularly for tightness. The procedure for locating leaks based on probe measurements is labour and cost intensive. Open Grid Europe has decades of experience in the operation of installations and their safety inspections. Together with the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, various international project partners from the gas sector and the manufacturer Esders GmbH, it has developed a technique for remote gas detection based on infrared radiospectometry.

The innovative device is called GasCam® and has become an essential component in our leak tightness inspection procedure. The technology enables the efficient inspection of above-ground installations. This imaging process significantly reduces the time needed for an inspection, particularly where piping systems are very complex with numerous detachable connection.

The GasCam® makes methane emissions visible as a false-colour image in real time on the screen of a laptop. It enables the operator to precisely pinpoint the source of the gas leak, even at considerable distances.

We not only perform the leak tightness inspection with the GasCam® as part of our own operations, we also offer it as a service to third parties.

Related reading

  • Brochures

  • Data sheets

    (only in German)

  • Technical process calculations

    In order to respond to technical issues when operating and optimising pipeline systems, we use numerical simulation processes. These allow us to calculate what is going on inside the installations and pipelines, and thus resolve a multitude of fluid mechanics and technical process problems.

  • Safety assessments

    As a proven means of assessing hazards, numerical calculations are a key tool for determining preventative safety measures. The simulation results help rule out potential sources of danger.

  • Technical plant safety

    The installation of new systems, the modification of existing ones and changes to statutory rules and regulations often throw up new safety-related issues.

  • CHARM® – aerial leak tightness control

    With the development of CHARM®, Open Grid Europe is providing an innovative, efficient leakage control method for natural gas pipeline networks and thus an alternative to the current time and labour intensive practice of conducting on-site inspections of the pipelines with gas detection devices.