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Reference Number NIA_NGGD0006
Title Sealback II
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Cadent Gas
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 November 2012
End Date 01 September 2015
Duration 34 months
Total Grant Value £256,826
Industrial Sectors Information Technologies
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGGD0006
Objectives This project seeks to develop and successfully trial an improved method to replace short lengths of metallic main in specific locations of engineering difficulty (short lengths of main that connects onto its parent main in a major road junction) in a safe, efficient and practical manner and to agree an efficient implementation strategy for the technique. The primary anticipated benefits of this project will be that Sealback II will allow mains located in areas of engineering difficulty to be replaced via live transfer leading to a reduction in operational expenditure and risk. Also reduced environmental impact by minimizing associated works as above including the requirement for landfill of excavated spoil. Successful development of the Sealback II technique, proven to accommodate tapered pipe sections, change in pipe diameters, etc, for mains up to 8" diameter and up to 30m in length
Abstract The existing Sealback I technique for live mains transfer has several limitations in that it does not work effectively in situations where tapered pipe sections or change in pipe diameters are encountered. It is also limited in the length of main that can be inserted and obstructions to the insertion process within the main cannot be easily seen or dealt with. Sealback II is to be developed, to overcome these limitations. This project will build upon the success of the Sealback II feasibility study which was previously carried out under the Innovation Funding Incentive (IFI). The feasibility study proposed the use of an innovative expanding sealing bag nose cone, as an identifiable solution. This project will look at the development and trialing of the identified ‘Sealback II’ solution and incorporation of camera technology advances, developing and recommending an appropriate sealant, and to agree a suitable implementation strategy and delivery method.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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