British Gas Scientific Services

British Gas Scientific Services

National Grid Gas Chemists – Where are They?

If you have ever wondered where all those old Gas Board Chemist have gone? Well wonder no more.

In days long gone, every gas works in the UK had a chemist who worked alongside the engineers to produce towns gas for the surrounding neighbourhood.

In latter days, as the works closed, central labs were created to provide ongoing scientific support to the various gas regions created during nationalisation.

These subsequently turned into Scientific Services departments and latter Technical Services following the creation of Transco PLC. But what happened next. Well in general, the need for these departments appeared to disappear and so all such departments were either outsourced to companies like as Square Root and Scienco Limited, or amalgamated into other departments within National Grid Gas and other local gas transporters such as Wales and West Utilities.

However, over time, all the old British Gas Chemists have either retired or died, until only a very select few still exist and work today.

Here at Arobase Gas Testing we are pleased to say, we still have one of those working with us and as a result continue to offer all the knowledge and experience which goes along with them.

So if you need help with any of the following, please drop us a line and we will get back to you within the same day. Just use the contact form.

  •  Laboratory analysis
  • Suspected gas escape – gas identification
  • Gas quality
  • Odour and odorant measurement and control
  • Gas Detectors and detection
  • Leakage control and MEG gas conditioning
  • Noise and vibration
  • Occupational hygiene
  • Authorised Gas Tester training
  • Gas free certification for hot work and purging
  • Gas free certification for confined spaces
  • SF6 leakage surveys
  • Hygrometric survey
  • Forensic testing of meters
  • Holder water analysis
  • Safety advice and hazardous substances (COSHH)
  • Environmental management
  • Or anything else you feel we may be able to help with!
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“You never know when you might need a little help with an old issue. Experience can go a long way when faced with a trick situation which you have not encountered before.” – A former Senior Scientific Officer.