SAFETY - CO2 Transport research facility and safety platform: Mont la Ville experimental site in Oise

Facility Location
City & country
Oise (France)
Description & contacts of the access provider
Legal name of organisation
Infrastructure contact - Primary contact
Stephane Duplantier
RICC contact - Secondary contact
Philippe Gombert
Facility Availability
Unit of access
Availability per year
6 months
Expected duration of single experiment:
3 to 6 months (including design, setup and a “campaign”, i.e. a series of tests)
Operational or other constraints
Specific risks:
Safety risks due to handling of CO2 and the handling other substances on the same platform (toxic or flamable)
Legal issues


Reference site allowing trials on various types of pipes and gases (namely CO2), including massive gas leakages and the measurement of their thermodynamic behaviour.

Brief technical description with picture and/or diagram

The site enables to manage gases under high pressures (between 100 and 200 bars) and to simulate gas leakages or breaches on industrial equipment on pipes with diameters of 1 to 3 inches, to study:

  • the flow upstream the breach and the various possible flow regimes,
  • the characteristics of the jet formed after the breach (diameter, speed and concentration for example),
  • the dispersion of the cloud in the atmospheric environment as well as the possible changes of state (liquid formation and, even, carbonic ice in the case of CO2).
State of the art, uniqueness, & specific advantages

This permanent equipment on the site of Montlaville are widely recognized for safety purposes in the industry. It is possible to adapt the equipment to answer specific problems connected to the industrial safety for toxic and flammable gases – either to study the gas behavior, to improve modeling tolls or to test risk prevention barriers. It is of course possible to bring answers to emergent questions and to carry out experiments in close collaboration between several partners or industrialists.

This reference site is unique in France and well-known in Europe, allowing experiments on various types of pipes and gases.

Scientific Environment

Located 3 km from INERIS, the site can easily be operated and monitored. A careful preparation of experiments is necessary, including the pipes and vessels, the measurement devices, the gas preparation (in case of mixture), the safety measures.

The site contains several trial pipes and storage capacities between 1 and 5 m3, with related recirculation equipment (pumps, flow-meters, gauges, etc). Dedicated measurement devices are also available on-site for concentrations, velocity, pressure and for thermodynamic parameters, as well as advanced visualization techniques (camera HD, fast-camera, infrared camera).


EC DG Research - FP6 & 7
Other EC DG Research
EC DG Research - FP6 & 7
Other Large Initiatives

selected publications

Hébrard J., Jamois D., Proust C., Spruijt M.b, Hulsbosch-Dam C.E.C., Molag M. and Messina E. (2018)
Medium scale CO2 releases
Energy procedia, under press
Jamois D., Proust C., Hébrard J. (2014)
“Hardware and instrumentation to investigate massive releases of dense phase CO2”
The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, vol. 93, issue 2, 2014.
Woolley R.M., Fairweather M., Wareing C.J., Falle S., Mahgerefteh H., Martynov S., Brown S., Narasimhamurthy V., Storvik I., Sælend L., Skjold T., Economou I., Tsangaris D., Boulougouris G., Diamantonis N., Cusco L., Wardman M., Gant S., Wilday J., Zhang C.Y., Cheng S., Proust C., Hébrard J. and Jamois D. (2014)
CO2PipeHaz: quantitative hazard assessment for next generation CO2 pipelines
Energy Procedia 63 ( 2014 ) 2510 – 2529
Woolley R.M., Fairweather M., Wareing C.J., Falle S.A.E.G., Proust C., Hébrard J., Jamois D. (2013)
Experimental measurement and Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes modelling of the near-field structure of multi-phase CO2 jet releases
Int. J. Greenhouse Gas Control 18, 2013, 139–149.