Enabling Resilient UK Energy Infrastructure: Natural Hazard Characterisation

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Date(s) - 12/11/2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Institute of Mechanical Engineers


The ETI Natural Hazards Project is an initiative funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and delivered by EDF Energy, the Met Office and Mott Macdonald.

The project has aimed to summarise relevant good practice on the characterisation of natural hazards from academia and industry, along with new R&D undertaken as part of the project, in a set of consistent, user-friendly and freely available documents aimed at the UK energy industry.

Designed as a three-phase project, the final phase is now complete and captures the knowledge and learning from the project in a way that makes it accessible to engineers with responsibility for new or existing high value energy infrastructure assets.

The project has produced a set of technical volumes summarising the state of the art on natural hazard characterisation for a variety of natural hazards, including:

  • Extreme high and low air temperature
  • River flooding
  • Hail
  • Marine biological fouling
  • Seismic, volcanic and geological hazards
  • Coastal flooding
  • Lightning
  • Hazard combinations
  • Extreme rainfall
  • Extreme wind
  • Space weather


Technical volumes for the natural hazards listed above are supported by five case studies from around the UK to illustrate how the state of the art methodology can be applied at specific sites.

The outputs of the project are aimed at end-users from the energy industry, but could also be of interest to infrastructure owners, operators, asset managers, developers, investors, regulators and insurers across a wide range of industries including transport, the built environment, emergency planning and climate resilience.

At the launch event, ETI and the project team will introduce the motivation behind the project, what has been delivered and how end-users can benefit from the outputs.

Following the launch, all of the technical volumes and case studies will be made available to industry, academia and individuals from the websites of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Chemical Engineers; and on the ETI’s website in the knowledge zone.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required and open for the following events:

Launch event on Monday 12th November.

Webinar on Thursday 29th November.