Changing risks in existing gas infrastructure in the Netherlands: Are traditional hazard analysis methods equipped for an energy transition?

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Abstract

Countries with extensive gas infrastructures are increasingly turning towards gasses that are produced from renewable energy sources, such as biomass, solar and wind. While these renewable gasses such as biogas/green gas and possibly hydrogen are compatible with existing infrastructure, they exhibit different combustion and explosion behavior. Current safety practices designed for natural gas are not sufficient to ensure a similar level of safety, and must be updated to mitigate changing risks. Additionally, new actors are emerging who are involved with the production and distribution process. The current paper analyzes the extent to which the gas sector in the Netherlands is equipped to deal with a changing risk profile by elaborating on two risk analysis methods. These methods are applied to a segment of the green gas. We find that the Bowtie method that is currently used in the sector provides an understanding of the physical and technical aspects of risks related to green gas provision and is instrumental in communicating them to a general audience. It is also, however, largely static and does nog accommodate changing technical and institutional features of gas provision. The System-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes (STAMP) model, conversely, provides better tools to understand the interaction between incumbent and new actors and technology in the gas sector and provides comprehensive design recommendations for renewable gas systems to a specific audience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of European STAMP Workshop & Conference 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventEuropean STAMP Workshop and Conference (ESWC) - Helsinki , Finland
Duration: 18 Sep 201920 Sep 2019
Conference number: 7

Conference

ConferenceEuropean STAMP Workshop and Conference (ESWC)
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period18/09/1920/09/19

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