The National LNG Platform carried the overall responsibility for the execution of the Program on behalf of all Sponsors. It elegated the execution of the Program to a dedicated Program organization and followed up the progress via its’ Taskforce Safety, Codes and Regulations.
The Steering Committee consisted of a group of persons invited by the National LNG Platform, representing relevant governmental, local and emergency response organizations plus the Key-Participants. The Steering Committee was responsible for the management of the overall progress and quality within the Program. If and when decisions regarding the Program were necessary, these were made by the Steering Committee by a majority of votes, unless any such decisions related to the determination of funding or other contributions by the Program Participants in which case the unanimous agreement of the JIP Participants was required.
The Steering Committee was implemented to decide on the following matters:
- Proposals regarding the scope of the Program including any specific Project hereunder;
- Evaluation of the progress of the Program;
- Evaluation of Results;
- Entry of Late Participants;
- Any other key executive decision that the SC deemed necessary to decide on during the course of the Program.
The Technical Experts Committee was formed with all project leaders of the Research Program reinforced with other technical experts to discuss the technical work. Aim of this group was to coordinate the research projects. Feedback was given to each others projects and exchange of (interim) project results and relevant information was ensured. The commitee stived for alignment, consensus and harmonization about the projects.
The Program Manager
The Program Manager, by NEN was responsible for the management of the overall progress, the quality within the Program and the dissemination of results. Notwithstanding the individual responsibility of each party to execute the work, the Program Manager managed the execution of the Program in accordance with the program scope and targets. The Program Manager was the first point of contact for the Steering Committee chairman within the Program Management Team.
NEN was asked for the Program Management. NEN has a broad experience in holding the secretariat of international committees and working groups both active with specifying products, processes, systems, test methods or certification. Over the years, NEN has managed and participated in research, trade support and twinning projects and inter-laboratory studies. Many of these concern application of standards and building of national harmonization and implementation of technical legislation. These projects have been executed in relation to law definition, metrological institutionalization, certification bodies, accreditation authorities and lab or product assessment.
One of the aims of NEN is to strengthen the link between standardization and innovation both at national and international level. The LNG Safety field is a successful illustration of innovation being boosted by standardization. Industry, regulators and researchers participating in the innovative Joint industry Projects can benefit from and contribute to the standards ISO and CEN is developing.
NEN provides national and international standardization and regulation knowledge. As a member of both ISO and CEN, it combines the standards processing ability and the technical know-how. NEN has access and knowledge of all standards of the major standardization bodies. Furthermore, it can provide fast-track standardization processes within ISO and CEN, once a stakeholder or the project requests registration of agreements to continue development of a process, product or market. NEN is responsible for communication with ISO and CEN on progress of standardization, for following the ISO and CEN rules and procedures, for document versions of the standards (including formal enquiry stage and formal vote stage) and for planning and organizing meetings of the technical committees and working groups of which it holds secretariats.
The Dutch LNG Safety Program was made possible with the support of TKI Gas, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Ministry of Security and Justice and the support of our partners of the National LNG Platform.