February 9, 2021

Steve Vick International’s ground-breaking FOAMBAG Operation on Stubs (FBOS) technique, is the long awaited solution for fully decommissioning mains of engineering difficulty, such as stranded, one way fed, stubs or those found on mains replacement schemes. The FBOS technique fully decommissions mains right up to the last transition joint on mains of 4”-6” in diameter. These sections of...

August 4, 2020

The Steve Vick International Contract Service team recently assisted gas distribution company SGN on a project to divert a gas main across the Caledonian Canal near Loch Ness. The project required the new gas reinforcement main to be laid under the Caledonian Canal at Torvean, Inverness. This project, due to the complexity of the canal crossing, had been delayed while other options were...

July 7, 2020

Laing O’Rourke has recently recruited Steve Vick International’s (SVI) Contract Service team to carry out crucial time saving cutting operations using the Keel Cutter as part of a major project to develop three wastewater treatment works in Lancashire. The improvements at United Utilities Waste Water Treatment Works at Blackburn, Darwen and Nab’s Head, collectively known as the Blackburn...

February 13, 2017

Steve Vick International’s (SVI) Contract Service team have renewed ten 1.5” live gas risers in multi storey buildings in an affluent suburb of Leeds, without the need to decommission the services whilst the work was in progress. Using their Live Gas Riser Transfer technique, SVI were able to offer Northern Gas Networks (NGN) a service that kept external pipework to a minimum and thus...

November 15, 2016

As part of National Grid’s major gas mains replacement project on Stanley Bridge, King’s Road, London, a Steve Vick International Contract Service team was recently appointed to seal off the ends of three 36” abandoned cast iron mains and one 36” steel main. The filling process took just four hours to complete. The voids needed to be sealed off to prevent backfill entering the open...

October 10, 2016

The Steve Vick International (SVI) Contract Service was recently contacted by SGN to help carry out a gas mains renewal on South Street, Chichester. The Live Mains Insertion (LMI) method was pioneered by SVI in 1981. It was chosen by SGN for this replacement project because closing the street was not an option. The busy street comprises commercial businesses as well as significant pedestrian...

May 6, 2015

Steve Vick International’s Contract Service teams have renewed forty 1¼”, 2” and 4” live gas risers in multi storey buildings in the centre of Glasgow without the need to decommission the services whilst the work was in progress. Using their Live Gas Riser Transfer technique, SVI were able to save Scottish Gas Networks tens of thousands of pounds compared with carrying out the project...

April 20, 2015

Due to potential leakage, it was necessary to replace two 3” steel gas service risers in a block of some 35 flats at the point where they entered the building. To avoid disrupting residents’ gas supply, with the subsequent need to test, purge and relight each dwelling, it was decided to carry out the operation live using Live Riser Transfer. This technique allows a gas riser to be partly...

January 1, 2015

Steve Vick International’s Contract Service teams have renewed forty 1¼”, 2” and 4” live gas risers in multi storey buildings in the centre of Glasgow without the need to decommission the services whilst the work was in progress. Using their Live Gas Riser Transfer technique, SVI were able to save Scottish Gas Networks tens of thousands of pounds compared with carrying out the project...

July 15, 2005

  These overhead mains, situated close to a gas holder in Stoke-on-Trent, were being dismantled prior to the site being developed for housing. The pressure was reduced from 2 bar to 50mbar, allowing a Steve Vick International Special Contract Service team to install two FOAMBAGS™ in the 20” and 24” diameter pipes. The pipes could then be cut out and dismantled.