M Group Services recently announce that three of its operating businesses, Morrison Energy Services, PMP Utilities and IWJS have completed an industry leading CIPP installation on a live gas network.
Utilising the industry-leading expertise of Morrison Energy Services, IWJS, PMP Utilities, Cadent and WRc, this trail-blazing use of CIPP will provide a range of environmental and social benefits for customers. CIPP requires far less excavation than traditional techniques, therefore minimising disruption for road users and significantly cutting down on carbon output.
In the proposal of this solution, Cadent, supported by Morrison Energy Services, presented the vast benefits to the Transport for London (TfL) lane rental governance group, which approved the project, including a proportion of the funding. A cost and time effective solution, CIPP has a smaller carbon footprint, and reduces expenditure and time delays for customers, as lining avoids the need to excavate and replace the pipe using conventional methods. Therefore, CIPP provided all the necessary benefits, but the challenge lay in its adaptation for gas pipes, having usually been used on wastewater pipes before this point.
The solution to this challenge came from the collaboration of M Group Services’ operating businesses Morrison Energy Services, IWJS and PMP Utilities. Morrison Energy Services has an extensive history and expertise in the delivery of complex gas mains replacement and rehabilitation and this experience was crucial to the success of this CIPP lining project.
IWJS has proven experience and expertise in the delivery of CIPP lining in the water sector and were therefore able to adapt their technique for gas purposes. PMP Utilities supported this by designing and building a bespoke, technically complex pipe fitting, which connected the liner to the host pipe.
Ultimately, the collaboration between the businesses and the sharing of industry-leading knowledge and expertise was fundamental to the successful delivery of the first stage of this innovative project, the first of its kind in the UK gas industry as part of a connected gas network supplying customers and businesses alike.
Sean Kelly, Executive Director at Morrison Energy Services, commented: “We are incredibly proud to be driving our industry forward with this innovative technique; the knowledge and skills our people displayed in this project will help deliver positive results for our clients and customers for years to come. Working closely with IWJS, PMP Utilities and Cadent, we have been able to tap into expertise from different sectors and prove the strength of collaborative thought and working.
“This lining project is a significant development for the gas industry which has been years in the making. Morrison Energy Services, Cadent, IWJS and PMP Utilities have been meticulous in the research and development of this technique and have worked hard to demonstrate and prove the broad range of benefits it offers, ensuring total compliance with industry regulations. We look forward to maintaining the development and implementation of CIPP lining in the gas industry in order to bring its benefits to customers and clients throughout the UK.”