Safe use of gas installations
Snam cares about service continuity while also ensuring the safety of the plants
Snam cares about service continuity while also ensuring the safety of the plants that provide the service. Each subsidiary, depending on its role in the company’s business, presents different risks and therefore requires dedicated monitoring and prevention actions.
Due to the maximum volumes of liquefied natural gas that may be present in the two storage tanks, the Panigaglia facility is subject to the regulations applicable to plants at risk of major accidents.
The Panigaglia LNG plant is subject to inspection visits by the Ministry of the Environment and Regional Technical Committee, while GNL Italia must submit a Safety Report describing the safety management system adopted, the major accident risks identified (Top Events), the internal emergency plan, the information sheet on major accident risks for citizens and workers and, finally, the information provided to the Authority to develop the external emergency plan.
SNAM RETE GAS
The pipelines for the transmission of natural gas are one of the safest and most efficient ways of transporting energy. The underground metal pipelines are protected by a suitable insulated covering that protects the pipes from aggressive agents in the soil.
To ensure more effective levels of protection, it is possible to verify potential reductions in pipeline thickness and monitor their evolution over time by using an inspection technique known as an “intelligent pig”.
As regards storage, with regard to the new projects for the operation of deposits in conditions of overpressure and the strengthening of monitoring systems, work continues on the construction and installation of geochemical and micro seismic monitoring prototypes.
In 2018, Stogit focused its attention on activities aimed at monitoring microseismicity, by upgrading its networks to standards of technological excellence. Among the operations aimed at guaranteeing high-quality performance, the development of a new automatic data management and processing system, active since October 2017, is worthy of mention; in 2018, this will be rolled out to six concessions. The automatic analysis system has also been integrated with the national seismic network, reducing uncertainty in events location. In addition to these, in the concessions of Settala and Ripalta, two surface micro seismic networks have been developed, to integrate the works for the installation of micro seismic detection equipment completed in 2011.
17 April 2019 - 12:09 CEST