History of Gas Quality Measurement Laboratory (LPJG)
The history of the Laboratory dates back to 1966. The Laboratory was the first to carry out analyses of natural gas at the Carpathian Gas Plant and most probably one of the first at gas plants in Poland.
At the beginning of its activities, the gas composition analysis was performed using the expanded Orsata apparatus, and gas moisture measurements with the gravimetric method. The degree of gas odorizing (mercaptans and THT) with the titration method was also analysed. In addition, the Laboratory controlled the content of hydrogen sulphide and total sulphur in gas and performed analyses of airborne lead and mercury vapours at work stations. The Laboratory was gradually modernised to meet the growing requirements of customers, which resulted in a change in the methods of gas composition determination and analytical methods. In 1970, a “WillyGiede” GCHF 18.3 chromatograph, which was very modern at that times, was purchased.
It enabled precise measurements of both energy and ballast components. The chromatograph was continuously working until 1993. This specimen was passed to the Ignacy Łukasiewicz Museum of Oil Industry in Bóbrka.
In the following years, the Laboratory was successively equipped with new equipment, such as gas chromatographs to analyse gas composition and ODOR on-line stationary and mobile chromatographs used to determine sulphur compounds, a capacitance hygrometer, a dew-point hygrometer, sound and vibration level meters, and an instrument designed to change characteristics of water dew point transducers.
After the split-off of the KOZG, Tarnów in 2000 into two separate organisational units, the Laboratory remained in the Measurements and Automation Department of Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. in Tarnów. Then, by Resolution of the Management Board of 14 February 2008, it was separated in the structure of Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A., Tarnów Branch as a new organisational unit named Gas Quality Measurement Laboratory (LPJG).
Since June 2017, the LPJG has functioned as a stand-alone organisational unit in the structure of Operator Gazociągów Przesyłowych GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. in the Laboratory Division. Since March 2019, the Laboratory Division has changed its name to the Research and Development Division.
10 June 2017 r.
Establishment of the Laboratory Division in the organisational structure of GAZ-SYSTEM
9 November 2010 r.
Accreditation of the Gas Quality Measurement Laboratory by Polskie Centrum Akredytacji (Pl. Polish Centre for Accreditation).
July 2010 r.
Positive assessment of the management system of the Gas Quality Measurement Laboratory by Polskie Centrum Akredytacji (Pl. Polish Centre for Accreditation).
December 2009 r.
Application for accreditation of the Gas Quality Measurement Laboratory.
February 2008 r.
Separation of a new organisational unit named the Gas Quality Measurement Laboratory in the structure of GAZ-SYSTEM, Tarnów Branch.
August 2007 r.
Development of “Plan for Implementation of Management System and Laboratory Accreditation” by GAZ-SYSTEM.
July 2005 r.
Establishment of the Laboratory in the Measurements and Automation Department of GAZ-SYSTEM in Tarnów.
The split-off of the Carpathian District Gas Plant in Tarnów into two separate organisational units
Purchase of the Hewlett Packard 5890 Series II chromatograph.
Change in the methods for determining the gas composition and analytical methods. Purchase of the “WillyGiede” GCHF 18.3 chromatograph.
Analyses of the gas composition with the expanded Orsata apparatus, control of the gas moisture content with the gravimetric method, and analysis of the degree of gas odorizing with the titration method.