Gasunie builds new digital natural gas transport management system


European gas infrastructure firm N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie (Gasunie) has built and deployed a new digital natural gas transport management system.

The system was built in partnership with Accenture to better manage the Dutch gas grid, which transports natural gas, hydrogen and green gas from biomass.

The platform comprises Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Gas Management Systems to enable Gasunie to remotely communicate with its assets and a software from Schneider Electric.

The system generates insights and notifications based on the data collected from distributed assets, which personnels at the utility’s central control room in Groningen will use to enhance the efficiency of the grid.

The system also provides Gasunie with gas demand forecasting as far ahead as 48 hours, and simulation of gas flow and composition.

The project is expected to help the gas company to conduct maintenance of the grid network more efficiently.

The GTMS is integrated with Gasunie’s geographical information system to create a network model of the system as a digital twin of the physical network.

“We are delighted to be working with Accenture on our new gas transport management system, which we believe will provide us with a strong foundation for the future,” said Eddie Lycklama à Nijeholt, program manager for control room replacement, Gasunie.

Jeroen Zanting, director for Asset Management, Gasunie Transport Services, said, “… While our old system served us well for more than two decades, the new solution will provide our operators with better tools and more timely information to ensure better decision-making and ultimately a safer and more-secure gas network.”