BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 26
By Fidan Babayeva - Trend:
SOCAR Turkey's subsidiaries Kayserigaz and Bursagaz have launched a joint research and development project, Trend reports citing the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR).
"In order to provide reliable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective natural gas transportation services at the highest and highest quality level, a research project for the production of equipment for the distribution of natural gas using 3D printing technologies was implemented," SOCAR said.
As part of the work, begun with the approval of the energy market regulator, it is planned to create software for the production of equipment and parts used in the distribution of natural gas using 3D printing technology.
According to Ertan Yildiz, Director of the department for natural gas tariffs, investments and shares of SOCAR Turkey, the project envisages the production of all parts of the inventory of gas distribution companies, programmed using 3D printing technology.
"Sometimes problems arise with the delivery and transportation of these materials. Some equipment is expensive. By starting with alternative manufacturing with 3D printing technology, it will be possible to supply materials at a lower cost, faster and without the need for storage space. The costs of companies for the creation of new networks and the reconstruction of existing ones will be reduced," he said.
Yildiz also noted that 3D is one of the alternative printing technologies.
"With the help of this technology, three-dimensional objects will be produced based on information received in digital form from a computer. The choice of materials is varied and rich: plastic, metal, ceramics, biomaterials. In addition, there are various 3D printers with different printing processes. In this regard, one can point to stereolithographic, DLP, sputtering printing technologies FDM, SDL, EBM. Using them, you can create household items. We also plan to produce the 3D printed parts that we need," he emphasized.
According to Yildiz, the results of the study show that the use of multi-criteria decision models, recommendations and information systems programs for cloud-based parts supply will be improved, and in the final stage, production will begin with improved software.
Yildiz said that two research projects developed by Kayserigaz and approved by the energy market regulator have been successfully commissioned.
"The project for automatic reading of natural gas meters has already been launched. As part of the publicly available Robot Research and Development Project, a new system has been created to respond to requests for information received by an organization through robots. This system, developed in collaboration with Bursagaz, is used by both companies. Two different Bursagaz research projects approved by the energy market regulator in 2019 are also nearing completion. Composite pipes are manufactured as an alternative to steel pipes, allowing distribution networks to operate more reliably and efficiently in production processes. The Remote Gas Shutdown project is aimed at remote gas shutdown in case of physical disabilities and difficult conditions and will be launched after pilot tests," he said.
Yildiz noted that work is currently underway on the ‘Bilateral Service T’ and ‘Intelligent Indoor Installation’ projects, which were also approved by the energy market regulator last year.
"The design goal of the two-way service connection in the One-Way Service T project is to use fewer intermediate links on the mainline of the network, which reduces the risk of leakage. The goal of the smart indoor installation project is to provide a reliable and uninterrupted gas supply using the SCADA system at public filling stations in the event of emergencies, fires, gas leaks and similar situations through remote or automatic power outages," he emphasized.