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Reference Number NIA_WWU_002
Title ePipe -Trial internal lining assessment and development of small diameter pipelines.
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) 50%;
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 March 2013
End Date 01 September 2014
Duration 18 months
Total Grant Value £522,419
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_WWU_002
Objectives The objective is to develop an internal resin and application system that could provide an elegant and cost effective solution. This would substantially decrease the replacement cost of a gas riser system. The objectives of the Project are to: Substantially improve the cost of the replacement of a gas riser. Significantly increase the operational life of the asset. Reduce the gas leakage on the system (small leaks only) To avoid major construction work minimising transport and customer disruption. Significantly reduce time on site Establish training requirement and equipment needs The success criteria of the Project are: Efficiency - How does the process perform in terms of duration, safety or customer impact Effectiveness - Has the lining provided complete and even coverage, including threaded joints Practicability - What enablers are required in terms of customer cooperation, network isolation, other impacts?Recommendations for suitability for refurbishment or replacement criteria by comparing to existing standards and identifying additional standards or amendments that may be required. Training needs -achieve acceptable training needs Through-out the Project there will be monthly reports from Pipe Restoration Services, to update all Project steering group members on the progress of the Project. There will be face to face meetings every 6-8 weeks and key deliverables reviews at key points with accountable parties clearly identified. Each stage will have its own deliverables and targets which the Project will measure itself and report on monthly as it progresses. When issues are identified recovery plans will be adopted to ensure minimal impact on time scales, and avoid additional costs.
Abstract There are a number of high rise buildings across the country with internal gas risers. These risers, usually constructed of steel or copper, are coming to the end of their expected operational life, and to replace these using existing construction methods will be expensive and time consuming. An alternative method to replace these systems is required. WWU alone, as an example, has an estimated 14,000 low rise and 346 high riser systems. The proposed solution would consist of developing a resin that can be blown into the internal pipe cavity. The resin is a specially designed thermo-set resin that can be blown along the inside surface of a pipe using compressed air, similar to the way in which paint can be blown across a piece of paper until there is an even coating. The resin will line past bends, tees and changes in diameter meaning that complex pipe configurations can be lined from convenient access points at existing fittings.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above

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