Tony Stonehewer, Principal Consultant at Pipeline Integrity Engineers, will be speaking at Hazardex Live 2024 a first of a kind series of hydrogen standards covering the new and repurposed transmission/distribution pipelines for hydrogen.

IGEM is supporting the UK Government’s commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, working with the range of research and demonstration projects that are underway to investigate the feasibility of using hydrogen in place of natural gas within the national transmission and distribution systems. In particular, for these projects to achieve their full scope of work, it is recognised that engineering standards will have a critical role. Working with research organisations, leading academic institutions and industry experts IGEM have developed and published a (first of a kind) series of hydrogen standards covering the new and repurposed transmission/distribution pipelines. This included a standard covering the mechanism or performing hazardous area classification for hydrogen installations including blends.

About the author:

Tony Stonehewer has over 30 years’ experience in gas transmission and distribution, starting in the northwest working with British Gas and then moving to the midlands where he headed up National Grid National Transmission System engineering policy and asset management teams. Tony developed Transco Engineering Requirements manual which formed the basis of engineering and safety management systems across all Gas Networks and was Group Head of Process for National Grid.  In 2016 tony joined Pipeline Integrity Engineers (PIE) as Principal Technical Consultant providing engineering and management solutions to gas transmission and pipeline operators in the UK and Europe.  Currently working on several projects developing technical standards to support the introduction of Hydrogen and Natural Gas / Hydrogen blends into existing natural gas distribution and transmission networks including the development of Hydrogen Reference Standards and Supplements for IGEM.