April 2011 Vol. 238 No. 4

Features

New Challenges Drive R&D At National Grid

We all know the traditional drivers for gas operations R&D: 1) aging infrastructure, 2) better leak detection and repair, 3) trenchless technology, and 4) better methods of live inspection and repair. In more recent times, pipeline integrity and damage prevention concerns have been the focus of much innovation and materials research – primarily on plastic pipe. This has been and will continue to be a research goal. But times are changing and the gas industry must react. Better yet, it must lead into new technology areas. Issues such as climate change and the changing gas supply picture are real and they are here now. National Grid is leading and driving innovation in

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