October 4, 2017

When faced with breaking out a 24” cast iron gas main outside the new BBC Wales headquarters being built in the centre of Cardiff, Wales & West Utilities faced a potential drama – a challenging gas connection in the heart of Wales’ capital city. Drama was avoided, however, thanks, in part, to the use of the MACAW Pipe Cracker supplied by Steve Vick International (SVI) which helped...

January 5, 2017

Location: Winfrith Project: Isolation of four Primary Circuit Feeder Pipes from the Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor Contractor: Magnox Limited (previously RSRL) Equipment: SVI FOAMBAGS™, umbilical filling system, CCTV and closed cell polyurethane foam Steve Vick International (SVI) has recently completed a project for Magnox Ltd. The project required SVI to design, test and...

April 20, 2015

RSRL Harwell first approached Steve Vick International about the use of their technology to tie down the contamination after initial investigations by Aurora Health Physics revealed higher levels of contamination than anticipated inside the storage tubes. SVI were asked to provide a proposal for the project which was to be one of the most technically challenging foaming operations SVI had...

Specifically, the company was commissioned to design a method of safely removing one metre lengths of ducting without contaminated particles becoming airborne, to carry out on-site trials and subsequently supply application equipment and sealants which Sellafield operatives would be trained to use. The method devised by Steve Vick involved using the company’s patented FOAMBAG™ technique,...

January 4, 2015

In 2014 Steve Vick International (SVI) achieved first place in the ‘Best application of an innovative solution(s) with tangible savings/benefits – SME’ and were shortlisted for the highly commended ‘Ministers Award’ at the NDA Supply Chain Awards. The award was collected by SVI Nuclear Project Manager, Richard Ditte. Richard was consequently approached by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI)...

November 20, 2014

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Estate Supply Chain Awards were introduced in 2012 as a mechanism for recognising and rewarding the invaluable contribution of the supply chain within the nuclear decommissioning community. There were 63 nominations this year, and Steve Vick International (SVI) was delighted to be shortlisted for the highly competitive category ‘Best application of...

November 1, 2014

Steve Vick International Ltd has recently completed a project for RSRL Harwell in conjunction with Aurora Health Physics. The project required SVI to design, test and install over 250 Foambags and Foam stoppers into the storage tubes of the BEPO storage block. Once installed and cured, mass void filling of the space behind the Foambags™ could take place. The operations were undertaken to...

July 23, 2013

Steve Vick International has been involved in a pipe sealing project at Sellafield where “a complex set of decommissioning challenges” exist in dealing with the 60 year old First Generations Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP). The scope of the work covered the removal of redundant pipework in a high radiation area and then cleaning and sealing a contaminated pond wall. The redundant 10cm...

November 18, 2011

Steve Vick International resin sealant technology has been successfully used at Sellafield to assist in the safe removal of approximately 10 metres of highly contaminated 150mm diameter ABS plastic duct that was previously used to extract a suite of gloveboxes from a Waste Washing Pilot Plant. Specifically, the company was commissioned to design a method of safely removing one metre lengths of...