Repurposing for the Future
Many industry studies have been conducted in the UK and Europe, which have been steadily increasing the confidence in the potential for using existing infrastructure for transporting hydrogen. As it stands, some of the conditions needed before we can actualise the repurposing process include:
- An uptake in the hydrogen market, to help serve as a pathway for hydrogen
- A securement of natural gas supply to customers whilst the conversion to hydrogen commences
Already aging assets require ongoing integrity management in a careful and considerable manner when looking at the required remaining life – human capital management, Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM), Risk-Based Inspection (RBI), Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA), Pipeline Integrity Management Systems (PIMS) are all processes that can be used to help capture the daily decisions on risk mitigation, repair, improvement and continual improvement in procedures. The impact can be analysed and collected as data to forecast future reliability, which helps decide on how effective an asset will be for further use. When attempting to realise a hydrogen economy and a path to decarbonisation, it’s imperative to assess the current infrastructure’s potential to actualise this path.