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Natural Gas Distribution in the UK; Gas in Flats and other Multi-Occupancy Buildings; Gas Safety

ID: 729888 United Kingdom

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Expert has three decades of experience in natural gas distribution systems up to 7 bar, whether constructed in polyethylene (PE), steel, ductile iron or cast iron, the latter being in legacy (old) systems.

Expert is experienced in considering design issues and has significant operational experience. He understands gas safety legislation and national standards and their relevance to gas networks.

Expert has particular experience in the supply of gas to and within buildings, including timber-framed buildings, and sits on the national IGEM G/5 panel for gas in flats and other multi-occupancy buildings.

Expert also has some practical gas meter, installation pipework and utilisation experience, and has current basic Gas Safe registration via another company in these areas.

Expert is a member of the British Standards panel on domestic gas meter installations, BS 6400. He was previously also a member of the IGEM panels on pressure regulating installations and timber-framed buildings.

In the past, Expert worked with a number of manufacturers as they developed innovative equipment for use in gas distribution.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1981 Degree: BSc Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2006 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Engineer Department:
Natural gas distribution engineering
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1997 to 2006 Employer: Inexus Group Title: Senior Engineer (Gas) Department:
Available upon request.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1990 to 1997 Employer: Self-employed Title: Various, including building project coordination Department:
Available upon request.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1981 to 1990 Employer: British Gas Title: Standards / Development Engineer Department: Gas Distribution
Available upon request.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2008 to 2008 Agency: CER, Ireland Role: Consultant Engineer Description: Expert researched and produced reports on LPG safety regulation and offshore gas producion legislation issues

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1997 to 1997 Country / Region: Lisbon, Portugal Summary: Expert surveyed the Lisbon gas distribution network and wrote a report on the feasibility of carrying out gas conditioning once the system was converted from town gas to natural gas.
Years: 1998 to 1998 Country / Region: Lisbon, Portugal Summary: As a follow up to the work on the feasibility of gas conditioning, Expert undertook a desktop study on the advantages and disadvantages of raising system pressures on conversion to natural gas
Years: 1997 to 2006 Country / Region: Various Summary: On behalf of his employer's consultancy department, Expert carried out various small pieces of work on gas industry matters in a number of countries, as desktop exercises.
Years: 2007 to 2007 Country / Region: Milan, Italy Summary: Expert presented researched material on the UK and USA experience with automatic shut-off devices at a seminar on earthquake mitigation measures for the gas industry.
Years: 2008 to 2008 Country / Region: Dublin, Ireland Summary: In association with a consultancy, Expert attended the offices of Ireland's energy safety regulator and researched and wrote reports on LPG safety regulation and offshore gas production legislation issues.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IGEM (Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers); IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers)
Licenses / Certifications
CEng - Chartered Engineer

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has been involved in several cases involving gas distribution incidents and litigation and was a member of one court-appointed panel of expert witnesses.

He attended a one week Forensic Engineering course at the University of Glasgow in 1995.
Training / Seminars
Expert has developed and delivered various engineering training sessions, including formal college lecturing and the "Opening Windows" initiative in schools.

He made a number of IGEM panel presentations on pressure regulating installations and gas in multi-occupancy buildings and is still involved in the latter.
Vendor Selection
Expert has had significant general experience in working with vendors to the UK gas distribution industry and specific experience in connection with gas in flats issues. More recently, products have included excess flow valves, thermal cut-off devices and flexible hoses.
Marketing Experience
Expert is experienced in liaising with gas network construction contractors, clients such as developers, and network operators such as gas transporters and other gas conveyors.

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