June 1, 2017

Introducing the new SVI SMARTester — a highly accurate Bluetooth gas pressure tester. Wales & West Utilities has built a first class reputation for safety within the industry. In seeking to improve on the conventional water gauge test used on new gas service supplies, Wales & West Utilities collaborated with Steve Vick International (SVI), as part of a NIA project to develop the...

January 25, 2017

Aging steel gas pipework at Salisbury District Hospital is being replaced as part of a major renovation project. Plans to replace and redirect a network of old steel pipes that currently encircle a number of hospital buildings is underway. As part of this project the underground pipes are being replaced with new P.E. pipe and the over ground pipes are being replaced with crimped steel; both...

November 22, 2016

Wales & West Utilities has purchased 33 Rapid Window Cutters from Steve Vick International, to help boost the efficiency of their gas main replacement programme. The gas emergency and pipeline service for Wales and the south west of England collaborated with Steve Vick in developing the innovative cutter for ductile iron mains and funded its design as part of the Network Innovation...

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...

September 22, 2016

Dutch Gas Network Enexis has successfully completed the first Live Mains Insertion (LMI)project on their gas network. Steve Vick International (SVI) provided on-site support and all hardware to complete the job, together with Dutch partners, Van Voskuilen Woudenberg b.v (Van Voskuilen). Live Mains Insertion Live Mains Insertion (LMI) is a technique that was pioneered by company founder Steve...

April 21, 2016

Steve Vick International (SVI) and Northern Gas Networks (NGN), have joined forces and developed the Enhanced S.E.A.L. system; an innovative new method that allows 100% of Tier 1 (T1) gas mains, including the last joint before entering the T2 or T3 main, to be sealed and abandoned. Gas Distribution Networks are required to abandon or replace all cast iron and ductile T1 pipes within 30m of a...

December 10, 2015

Wales & West Utilities, together with its long term contracting partners, have successfully replaced 850 metres of large diameter (16”) gas main with new 355mm P.E on a major through road in Bristol. This large scale project was part of the national 30 year gas mains replacement programme, which will provide a safe and dependable gas network for the future. The Live Mains Insertion...

April 20, 2015

Niagara Mohawk, a National Grid company, recently undertook a gas mains insertion project in West Albany, upstate New York, which was carried out ‘live’ using a special technique pioneered in the United Kingdom. ‘Live’ mains insertion allows customers to remain on gas throughout the insertion process. The final stage of transferring the old services to the new PE main can then be...

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...

December 10, 2012

West Midlands Gas Alliance, a partnership between National Grid and engineering contractor Morgan Sindall, embarked on a renewal programme of an 800m stretch of pipeline, running from the old gas holder station on Bath Street up to Blowers Road, in line with the HSE directive requiring replacement of metallic gas mains with PE pipes.  The road contained a total of three gas mains: a 24” medium...