Gas networks have a duty to respond to reports of low gas pressure, the cause of which must be investigated, determined and resolved. The quicker this is done, the more satisfied the consumer will be with the service provided and, in the case of a leak, the less gas will be lost. There is an obvious health and safety incentive to resolve such issues as soon as practicable.
There are numerous potential causes for low or fluctuating pressure including pipework design, environmental effects such as freezing temperatures or water ingress, increased demand elsewhere in the network, regulator failure, etc. In cases where the cause of poor pressure is not evident, monitoring the gas supply to the affected and surrounding premises can provide essential information, enabling the results of investigative and remedial work to be confirmed immediately.
Abriox has therefore designed into OSPREY a unique Incident Evaluation Mode (IEM™). Once configured in IEM, the OSPREY automatically transmits all pressure data to its software HQ every 12 hours, so that fluctuations can be remotely monitored and compared at one or more locations.
Compared to the old manual system of data logging over a 1-2 week period, downloading the data and then analyzing it after the event, OSPREY provides a real-time, dynamic picture of the investigation. This typically enables incidents to be cleared up in hours and days, rather than in weeks!