Supporting the gas industry since 1863
Date12th - 13th September 2018
Time08:45 - 17:30
VenueStamford Court, University of Leicester
Price Free (Members) Free (Non-Members)
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Uniting the gas world for a collaborative future

Speakers and their presentations Day Two

Keynote presentations

Heidi Genoni, Hy4Heat Programme Manager, Arup
With a background in civil engineering Heidi has experience managing transformational business change programmes and large complex capital asset projects.  Currently a senior member of the Arup team, she’s held programme management roles across a number of complex technical projects within the transport, infrastructure and energy sectors for organisations such as National Grid, EDF Energy, Crossrail, HS2, Network Rail and the Olympic Delivery Authority. In recent times she’s overseen programmes and projects with a particular focus in the energy sector in both gas and electricity. 
Heidi is a member of: The Institute of Civil Engineers; The Association for Project Management; and European Professional Engineer.

Hy4Heat: demonstrating hydrogen for heat
Hy4Heat is a study commissioned by The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to establish if it is technically possible, safe and convenient to replace natural gas (methane) with hydrogen in residential and commercial buildings and gas appliances. This will enable the government to determine whether to proceed to a community trial.

Marcus Newborough, Development Director, ITM Power
Marcus is Development Director of ITM Power, a manufacturer of electrolysers and hydrogen systems based in Sheffield. Previously he was Professor of Energy Systems at Cranfield and Heriot-Watt Universities. He has over 30 years’ experience in energy systems and energy utilisation, has published over 100 scientific papers on micro-generation, hydrogen energy systems and demand side management. In recent years he has been heavily involved in the development of power-to-gas systems for energy storage, in the UK and French H2Mobility initiatives, as a member of IEA Task 38 on Power-to-Hydrogen and as Chair of the Technical Committees of Hydrogen Europe

Power to gas

Gaynor Hartnell, Head of Transport Fuels, Renewable Energy Association (REA)
Gaynor has been with the REA since its formation in 2002 and played a critical role in its establishment.  Prior to this she worked for various renewable energy trade bodies including the British Wind Energy Association, Landfill Gas Association and the Biogas Association.

Overview of current incentives for gaseous fuels in transport
Gaseous fuels have played a minor role in transport to date, but interest is growing.  The presentation will give an overview of current incentives for gaseous fuels in transport and their prospects going forward.


Graeme Cleeton, Vice President UK Operations, ULC Robotics
Graeme has than 30 years of experience in the UK utility industry from working in the field to leading businesses for nationally recognized clients and reputable contractors.  His current role includes managing ULC’s well-established CISBOT field operations, client relations, and developing new markets and driving business growth across the UK.  Graeme has also held executive positions with Northern Gas Networks and Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions.

Robotic roadworks and excavation system
The Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System (RRES) will replace conventional methods of excavation performed daily by gas networks on transmission and distribution mains and other underground infrastructure.
Outfitted with a series of below-ground locating sensors, the RRES will use artificial intelligence, machine vision, and “soft-touch” excavation tools mounted on a mobile platform for ease of use in a controlled, precise manner. By eliminating the need for traditional equipment and processes, the system promises a range of benefits such as safer working conditions, decreased traffic disruption, and minimal project emissions, setting a new standard for the future of roadworks.

Stefan Romocki, Managing Director, ProHeat Ltd
Stefan has enjoyed a 20-year career in the oil & gas industry dedicated to the resolution of technical challenges through implementation of new technologies. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Stefan’s career began in Calgary, Canada where he was voted one of Alberta’s Leaders of Tomorrow for his work in fostering innovation within the Canadian energy industry. More recently, Stefan relocated to the UK where he assembled an engineering team with a focus on optimising and reducing energy use associated with process heat.

Optimising gas temperature control for energy conservation on gas distribution networks
As part of the energy transition, it is increasingly important to make the highest use of energy consumed with little or no waste. Heat represents a key input to the safe and reliable operation of gas networks where preheaters are used to maintain safe gas temperatures at points of pressure reduction.
This presentation will outline opportunities to improve energy performance of preheat asset supported with findings from a Strategic Heat Study undertaken with SGN.  Key losses are reviewed, including over-delivery of heat to natural gas, which can account for up to 25% of annual energy use.

Matthew Williams, Environmental Assurance Engineer, National Grid
Matt studied Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.  On leaving university he worked at the Forestry Commission, National Physical Laboratory and most recently for the last 6 years at National Grid in the field of environmental management and compliance with specialism in the monitoring of combustion and fugitive emissions.

Field validation of a novel, near real-time methane monitoring system for vent and leak detection
For the last 18 months National Grid has been trialling a continuous fugitive emission monitoring system at two compressor stations on the gas National Transmission System.  The system it is hoped will provide a more accurate picture and understanding of total site fugitive emissions on a continuous basis.  The continuous monitoring should allow the investigation of different valve configurations, process sequences and isolations to minimise emissions while operating and maintaining the equipment, whilst maintaining availability of compressor units.  The improved understanding and quantification of fugitive emissions should enable a better cost/benefit analysis for investment plans for areas such as asset health and defect remediation.


Mo Javadi, Director of Engineering, Managing Director, Lagoni Engineering
Mo has over a decade of international experience in the energy and utilities sectors with a background in safety and industrial control and protection systems.  He is GICSP certified and provides advice to UK critical national infrastructure operators, standards bodies and governmental organisations in a wide range of areas including cyber security.  He also sits on the board of a disruptive open source software community with a focus on IIoT and analytics.

The importance of a scaled approach to OT cyber security
The concept and concerns around operational technology (OT) cyber security are not new; but in recent years it has catapulted its way to the top of most asset owners’ business risk registers, routinely surpassing the issue of ‘ageing assets’.  OT cyber security is a complex problem and requires multidisciplinary and systematic solutions.
This talk will explore the challenges that the industry faces and looks to solve an engineering problem – through engineering!  It will look at a simple model to establish the incremental path toward better cyber security and to ensure the adoption of business driven, fit-for-purpose solutions.

William Mitchell, Director, Smart Compliance Ltd
Billy’s experience is steeped in Building Services in Commercial Buildings, the Oil & Gas Sector, and the Petrochemical and Nuclear Sectors, where sensors are a key component of measurement and life safety awareness. He has operated at Managing Director, Director, and Senior Manager levels in Blue Chip companies such as Amec, Balfour Kilpatrick, Babcock, and MITIE Engineering.

Remote monitoring device for flammable and toxic gases
Smart Compliance were awarded a Patent in 2010 for “the measurement of any gas OR particulate, the transfer of the data collected by SMS/GPRS to a monitoring station.”  Many gases and dust particles are dangerous in certain concentrations and the real-time measurement of these concentrations is crucial to life safety awareness.  Remote monitoring in real-time is desirable for various reasons and will have an impact on the Internet of Things (IoT). When IoT is more apparent than it is now, it will allow billions of sensors of all descriptions both soft and hard to display research data and report on life safety awareness situations.

Scott Manson – Head of HSES and Field Training
Scott is currently responsible for leading the HSE strategy across Credit Services and ensuring British Gas staff are appropriately trained and competent, with a key focus on the challenges and risks faced by the field teams who visit customers at their premises to either collect debt or investigate and deal with energy theft.  Scott has worked at British Gas for over 17 years, originally joining the Customer Service team in Leeds fresh out of college.  With qualifications in both HSE Management, Learning and Development and Coaching, Scott has worked in various safety and L&D focussed roles during his time with the company, working across a number of departments such as Complex Enquiries, Complaints, Revenue Protection and now the wider Credit Services business unit.

Simon Rogers, Field Recoveries Brand & Communications Manager, British Gas
Simon has been in his current role for the past 4 years and with British Gas for 20 years working across multitude of roles from Customer Relations, Credit Services, RPU Data Intelligence to his current role of raising awareness, delivering insights on energy theft and day to day brand management.
Simon’s most recognisable work has been seen on TV over the past few years with awareness campaigns on BBC shows such as Rogue Traders, Crime Watch, BBC One show and Chanel 5’s Paul Connolly Undercover Britain, helping to seek out the dangerous rogue traders putting lives at risk.

Energy theft

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