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Index Of Features

Scope of the Project

The organization of global energy data (validated for scientific analysis) is hierarchical. At the highest level it is organized into 4 interconnected "Categories".

  1. Power Plants
  2. Fuels and Resources
  3. Energy Transmission
  4. Energy Consumers

Energy Transmission data are organized into the following 9 "types"

  1. Gas Pipelines
  2. Oil Pipelines
  3. Coal Ports
  4. LNG Ports
  5. Oil Ports
  6. Rail Links
  7. Road Links
  8. Shipping Lanes
  9. Electric Power Grid

Below "Types", the data for Energy Transmission Infrastructure are organized by

  1. Country
  2. State/Province/Region (primary geographical division within a country)

Pages of Energy Transmission Data

At the lowest level, the data for each individual Energy Transmission Infrastructure is displayed as a page and this page is organized into the following 9 modules that are common to all 9 "Types" of Energy Transmission Infrastructure

  1. Plant Identifier
  2. Location
  3. Associated Infrastructure
  4. Environmental Issues
  5. Major Upgrades
  6. Owner and Operator Information
  7. Comments
  8. References
  9. Notes


Data for Coal, LNG, and Oil Ports have 3 additional modules

  1. Description
  2. Unit Information
  3. Annual Performance


Data for the 6 Linking Infrastructure Types (Gas and Oil Pipelines, Rail and Road Links, Shipping Lanes and Electric Power Grid) have 3 additional Modules

  1. Station A
  2. Connecting Infrastructure
  3. Station B


Data for 2 Linking Infrastructure Types (Gas and Oil Pipelines) have 1 additional Module

  1. Annual Performance

Description of the Nine modules common to all 9 Types of Infrastructure

Identifier

  1. Name: Convention is a comma-less concatenated string with "Name of Plant, Type, Country"
  2. Name: The 6 "Linking Infrastructure" Type systems have two names - overall and segment name. Example: for the pipeline segment between Erzurum and Ankara in Turkey on the Nabucco pipeline enter overall Pipeline Name = Nabucco, and Segment Name = Erzurum2Ankara Turkey
  3. Rating: The three fields "Status of Project, Project Efficiency, and Overall Rating" capture overall ststus
  4. Country Assigned ID: This is a name or number given by the country for each Energy Transmission Infrastructure
  5. GEO Assigned ID: Non-editable ID give by GEO
  6. Select Currency for data in this page: This will be the default currency for all cost fields where currency is not specified


Location

This module provides geo-location of the Infrastructure and its spatial impacts

  1. Placemark: Specify Latitude and Logitude or drag default placemark to appropriate point. "Linking Infrastructure Types" have 2 placemarks for the starting (Station A) and ending (Station B) Locations
  2. Location Accuracy: Mark one of the 4 options
  3. Drawing Polylines or Polygons: Click on icon and then draw line/polygon on Map. Terminate adding points by double clicking. Points can be edited by highlighting them (move mouse over the line) and then dragging them. Points can be added by activating shadow point in the middle
  4. Why Draw Polylines: Show connections between relevant infrastructure
  5. Why Draw Polygons: Mark regions to show connections or impacts -- Visible Footprint, Impact on Water or Air Quality, etc
  6. Delete and Restore: You can hide/delete individual polylines or polygons OR restore all from saved (last moderated) version
  7. Polyline showing Connector: For the 6 "Linking Infrastructure" Type systems draw the connector using polyline and give it the same name as "Name of the Segment" in "Identifier"


Associated Infrastructure (AI)

This module provides a way to cross-link individual units within and between categories. For example: to establish the network (coal mines, railway links, water resources and electric transmission grid) associated with a coal power plant please add appropriate entries to this table by following the menu. These units are then stored and cross-link the selected coal power plant, coal mines, railway links, water resources and electric transmission grid.

  1. Initiate adding a link by clicking on "Add AI" button
  2. Select from menu the category, type, country, state to see list of facilities already in GEO database. Clink on name of facility (if it exists in GEO) to add it as a cross-reference
  3. If infrastructure is not yet in GEO database, please add name and description in input box to serve as a reference
  4. All the placemarks, polylines and polygons defining the associated network are displayed on individual factsheets for these plants using an API to Google Maps


Environmental Issues

This table provides a list of environmental issues

  1. To add a new issue click on "Add Another Issue"
  2. Category: Select the type of issue you are reporting from the menu
  3. Description: Describe the issue in words. Include dates over which this issue was relevant
  4. We ask users to not delete previous issues that have been resolved. Instead add "Issue Resolved [Date]" at the begining of that description.


Major Upgrades

This table provides a brief description (256 characters) of past, ongoing and planned upgrades, their cost and year.

  1. To add a new upgrade entry click on "Add Another Upgrade"
  2. Year: Years over which upgrade was carried out. For a plant upgraded in 2000, the duration 2000-2000 is valid.


Owner and Operator Information

This module provides space for a brief description (256 characters) of owners, operators, main EPC contractors and type of Ownership.

  1. To add an additional owner click on "Add Another Owner". Then add owner name, short decription, and percent share


Comments

This table provides space to capture important information/issues that the GEO form does not include.

  1. To add a new comment click on "Add Another Comment"


References

This table provides References to information on that page and a brief description of their relevance.

  1. To add a new upgrade click on "Add Another Reference"


Notes

This module is not editable. GEO uses it to provide caveats, clarifying notes, and abbreviations and system of measurement units used:

  1. Measurement units: definition of units and their abbreviations used
  2. Common information for data for a plant type or for a country


Three additional modules for the 3 Types of Ports

Description

This module contains an overall description of the three Types of ports.

  1. Datafields consist of numbers, character arrays and enumerations (drop down menus)
  2. Please pay attention to measurement units when entering numbers


Unit Information

This module provides information on sub-units of the three Types of ports.

  1. Name or Number: Name or Number used to identify the sub-unit
  2. Handling Capacity: The quantity of coal that can be handled by the port (in Tonnes per year)
  3. Storage Capacity (Tonnes): On site storage capacity in Tonnes
  4. Dates: Dates on which the port was commissioned, construction was started, or if relevant decommissioned. Format yyyy-mm-dd
  5. Important Note: A noteworthy feature of this sub-uint


Annual Performance (also in Gas and Oil Pipelines)

This table provides annual performance data for the ports (enter only numbers, i.e., 20000 and not 20,000)

  1. Decade: The data are arranged by decades for clarity. Select decade from drop down menu on top
  2. Measurement Units: Please see definition of abbreviations and units in Notes section. If you have data in different units, send us the file and conversion factor and we will enter the data for you
  3. "Plot Selected Parameters" button: will plot parameters you select versus years to facilitate comparison
  4. Costs: Enter costs in currency selected in the first module - Identifier


Three additional modules for the 6 "Linking Infrastructure" Type systems

Station A

This module contains short description of starting point of Connecting Infrastructure Segment (for the 6 "Linking Infrastructure Types").

  1. Inflow into Station: The total capacity (from all connectors) flowing into this station
  2. Outflow into this Connector: The capacity that can flow into the connector described on this page at this station
  3. Please design segments so that they are located within a state and a country, i.e., both Station A and B and the Connector lie within a state. This can be done by putting an artifical station at the boundary between 2 states/countries.


Connecting Infrastructure

This module contains short description of Connecting Infrastructure for the 6 "Linking Infrastructure Types"

  1. Measurement units: definition of units and their abbreviations used
  2. Common information for data for a plant type or for a country


Station B

This module contains short description of ending point of Connecting Infrastructure Segment (for the 6 "Linking Infrastructure Types").

  1. Inflow into Station: The total capacity (from all connectors) flowing into this station
  2. Outflow into this Connector: The capacity that can flow via the connector between station A and B described on this page
  3. Please design segments so that they are located within a state and a country, i.e., try to locate both Station A and B and the Connector lie within a country/state. This can be done by putting an artifical station at the boundary between 2 states/countries.