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DNV GL appoints new lead for UK gas expansion

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DNV GL, the technical advisor to the global oil and gas industry, has appointed Tim Roff as Market Sector Leader for the UK onshore gas industry. His role will focus on developing and introducing new DNV GL services to the owners and operators of the gas network infrastructure.

Tim has more than 25 years' experience in technical, managerial, and commercial roles and he previously worked with the HSE and the Health and Safety Laboratory. He joins DNV GL with a strong track record of providing safety, risk, and R&D services to the UK gas industry, broader energy and infrastructure sectors, and chemical and manufacturing industries.

Tim Roff is the Market Sector Lead for the UK onshore gas industry with DNV GL. 

DNV GL has been part of the UK’s long heritage in setting global best practice for innovation in gas transmission and distribution. The company provides a range of services including in-service verification of oil and gas facilities, verification and certification of assets and LNG facilities, pipeline integrity management, and integrity and risk management of pipelines through its Synergi Pipeline software service.

DNV GL is currently working with Northern Gas Networks (NGN) on the H21 project to support the safety case to convert the UK gas distribution network to hydrogen. The company’s Spadeadam Research and Test Centre in Cumbria, UK, is involved in critical studies to identify any modifications to operational working practices that may need to be considered as part of the quantitative risk analysis assessment.

Separately from H21, DNV GL is also co-leading the European HYREADY project to develop guidelines for transmission and distribution system operators to prepare their natural gas networks and operations for the injection of hydrogen.

Commenting on his appointment, Tim Roff, said: “In order to grow and prosper through the energy transition, the UK onshore gas sector must overcome challenges to provide a more affordable, reliable and sustainable gas supply to UK homes and businesses. Our key approach, in partnership with infrastructure owners and operators, is to drive innovation to deliver smarter, reliable and more efficient services to improve levels of customer satisfaction.” Hari Vamadevan, VP and Regional Manager, UK & West Africa, with DNV GL – Oil & Gas, added: “As the least carbon-intensive fossil fuel, gas will play an increasingly important role in the global energy mix over the coming decades. We believe Tim’s experience and knowledge will help us to maintain our commitment to growing the gas business in the UK.”

Tim is a chartered engineer and member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers. He holds a MBA from Loughborough Business School of Economics and a MSc in Engineering Geology from the University of Leeds.

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