An alliance partnership between Morrison Utility Services, AMEC and Wales & West Utilities has won the award for ‘Best Innovation Implemented or Adopted by a Contractor’ at the 2014 Energy Innovation Awards.
The alliance partnership was presented with the award following the successful introduction of extended length coiled pipe trailers that enable up to 1,000m of gas main to be replaced from a single excavation point.
The adoption of the high capacity trailers has delivered a number of benefits for Wales & West Utilities and, in turn, its customers. With less excavations required, the use of longer length coiled pipe has significantly shortened supply interruption periods and reduced disruption for road users resulting in improved customer satisfaction ratings. The innovation has also enabled Wales & West Utilities to reduce its wasted pipe by 26% and lower its carbon footprint by over 400 tonnes per annum.
Rob Long, WWU Programme Director, commented: “The primary purpose of the extended length coil trailer is to maximise the use of insertion techniques whilst minimising associated costs and supporting the delivery of first class customer service. ”
Jim Arnold,Executive Director, Morrison Utility Services, added: “The Energy Innovation Awards focus on technologies working to deliver a low carbon, sustainable and energy efficient future and we are delighted to receive this recognition for our work on the Wales & West Utilities gas mains replacement programme. Customer satisfaction represents a key focus for this alliance and the deployment of this innovation will support this priority by reducing supply interruption and minimising the need for road closures. ”
Jeff Birtwhistle, Senior Projects Director, AMEC, commented: “This award recognises the skill and innovation that this alliance has brought to the gas utility sector and illustrates our ongoing desire for continuous improvement and sustainable delivery of the gas distribution asset replacement programme."
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