Gaz Reseau Distribution France SA (GRDF) Joins Operations Technology Development (OTD)

June 24, 2021

Des Plaines, IL

Gaz Reseau Distribution France SA (GRDF) recently became a member of Operations Technology Development (OTD), now a global collaboration of leading natural gas utilities. OTD’s membership invests in research, development, and technology deployment that is focused on consumer benefit and impact. With the addition of GRDF, OTD’s members serve over 71 million natural gas customers in the U.S., Canada, and France.

Created in 2008, GRDF, an independent subsidiary of ENGIE, is a gas distribution company managing the downstream gas network that delivers gas to 11 million customers in France. GRDF designs, builds, operates, and maintains infrastructure in more than 9,500 cities while prioritizing the safety of people and property with a high quality of delivery.

“Known for technology development and product introduction in the natural gas industry, our membership in OTD will further our mission of safety and reliability for our customers,” said Christophe Wagner, International Director, GRDF. “We look forward to a meaningful collaboration.”

“We’re very excited to have GRDF join OTD,” says OTD President, Ron Snedic. “GRDF brings a long history of investing in R&D and new technology and are clearly recognized as a global leader in engineering and technology excellence.”

The expansion of OTD’s footprint into Europe with the addition of GRDF is an important step as the global need to deliver energy in a safe, resilient, and environmentally conscious manner has never been greater. Leveraging the knowledge, experience, and resources of our membership to meet these challenges is one of OTD’s core strengths as technology will play a major role in the global energy transition.

About Gaz Reseau Distribution France SA (GRDF)
GRDF is the leading manager of natural gas transmission networks in France, distributing natural gas each day to more than 11 million customers to ensure that they have gas when they need it, regardless of their supplier. This convenient, affordable, comfortable, and modern source of energy enables people to heat their homes, cook, and get around. To provide this public service, GRDF builds, operates, and maintains the largest transmission network in Europe (201,716km) and develops it in more than 9,500 municipalities while ensuring the safety of people and property, as well as high-quality distribution. Gas is a modern, affordable, economical energy that is increasingly respectful of the environment. With the rise of green gas, a renewable gas produced locally, the gas network is an essential link in the ecological transition. GRDF is an essential partner with local authorities to support them towards carbon neutrality through their choices of energy and sustainable mobility policies.

About Operations Technology Development (OTD)
OTD was established in 2003 as an Illinois not-for-profit company to facilitate voluntarily funded, collaborative research. OTD’s mission is to identify, select, fund, and oversee research projects resulting in innovative solutions and the improved safety, reliability, operational efficiency, and sustainability of gas systems.

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