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...

April 5, 2016

Steve Vick International is involved in the instruction of 22 apprentices who are currently undertaking training at Wales & West Utilities’ £3 million training Academy in Treforest, South Wales. Work has begun on a ductile iron replacement project and as a result, the need for training on Steve Vick International’s range of new Rapid Pipe Cutters arose. The apprentices are already one...

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...

June 15, 2015

World Gas Conference is the largest and most respected conference in the international gas calendar. The conference runs every three years and attracts over 4,000 delegates from 100 countries. This year Steve Vick International recognised the conference as an opportunity to showcase the company’s latest technologies and developments. These included two new pipe cutters developed for use on...

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 22, 2015

Steve Vick International has introduced two new pipe cutters to its range – one for cutting ‘windows’ and one for circumferential cuts; both developed for cutting ductile iron. Whilst the majority of the existing gas network in the UK is made up of cast iron pipes, there is a significant proportion constructed from ductile iron and steel. These mains pose a problem for utilities when...

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...

March 22, 2015

Steve Vick International has signed a contract with infrastructure specialists Van Voskuilen Woudenberg b.v. The Dutch company will promote and carry out Live Gas Mains Insertion throughout The Netherlands. Live Mains Insertion is a cast iron mains replacement technique offering maximum operational flexibility. It is similar to the normal insertion of a new PE pipe into an old cast iron main...