Oise, Verneuil-en-Halatte, France


SAFETY platform from IR INERIS (FR4.1)

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



Reference site allowing experiments 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 resulting jet 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 test site of Montlaville is widely recognized for safety purposes in the industry. It is possible to adapt the equipment to answer specific isues related to the industrial safety for toxic and flammable gases – either to study the gas behavior, to improve modeling tools 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).

Operating by


TRANSPORT technologies:
Security/troubleshooting, Fluid characterisation, Flow Characterisation, CO2 pipeline transport and integrity
Research Fields:
Fluid dynamics, Physical processes, Engineering, Thermodynamics
Facility's fact sheet

Location & Contacts

Oise, Verneuil-en-Halatte, France
Emmanuel Leprette
RICC Contacts - Secondary contact
Marie-Astrid Soenen

Facility Availability

Unit of access (UA)
Availability per year (in UA)
Three months
Present facility state of access
Partially Accessible
Expected duration, reason and impact on services until access is fully restored
Duration of a typical access (average) and number of external users expected for that access
3 to 6 months (including design, setup and a “campaign”, i.e. a series of tests)

Quality Control / Quality Assurance (QA)

Activities / tests / data are
Accredited To Standard: ISO9001

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

CCUS Projects

EU-Funded CCUS Projects

Selected Publications

Energy Procedia 86, 479-488. (2016)
Medium scale CO2 releases
Hébrard J., Jamois D., Proust C., Spruijt M.b, Hulsbosch-Dam C.E.C., Molag M. and Messina E.
The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering 93(2) (2014)
Hardware and instrumentation to investigate massive releases of dense phase CO2
Jamois D., Proust C., Hébrard J.
Energy Procedia 63, 2510-2529. (2014)
CO2PipeHaz: quantitative hazard assessment for next generation CO2 pipelines.
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.
Int. J. Greenhouse Gas Control 18, 139–149. (2013)
Experimental measurement and Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes modelling of the near-field structure of multi-phase CO2 jet releases.
Woolley R.M., Fairweather M., Wareing C.J., Falle S.A.E.G., Proust C., Hébrard J., Jamois D.