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Reference Number NIA_NGGD0044
Title KOBUS Gas Pipe Puller
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 ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
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 2014
End Date 01 February 2016
Duration 15 months
Total Grant Value £337,307
Industrial Sectors Technical Consultancy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Kobus Services (0.001%)
Project Contact , tRIIO (a partnership between Skanska and Morrison Utility Services) (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGGD0044
Objectives The aim of the project is to create a method of extracting and renewing inch service pipe avoiding the need to open cut the service. Success for this project will mean approval of the KOBUS gas pipe puller as an effective operating technique for the extraction and replacement of service pipes.
Abstract The current method for replacement of inch service pipes is costly and disruptive to customers. The KOBUS initiative seeks to determining a method of achieving the outputs of service replacement with increased customer satisfaction and while being quicker and cheaper than current methods. The renewal of service pipe via the KOBUS system would result in a reduction in cost for backfill and reinstatement, increased safety as hole sizes are considerably smaller and reduced risk of third party disruption. The project will look to develop the water KOBUS pipe puller so it is fit for purpose within the gas industry. This will take place through stages from conceptual design, detailed design, concept modeling, field trials and a final report.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 10/09/18