The state of the art MicroStop utilises a built-in by-pass to divert gas, whilst isolating a damaged or broken section of the pipe. This allows for repair work to be carried out, without needing to cut off supply. The by-pass hose is available in a variety of sizes, allowing the diameter of the hose to match that of the main, preventing any decrease in flow on a low-pressure gas pipe.
The revolutionary piece of equipment has already drawn huge attention from the likes of Scotia Gas Networks and Cadent Gas, who have both verified the capabilities of the MicroStop, and have used the MicroStop on their own projects.
Using our 3D CAD system we’re able to analyse the problem from afar and determine the correct course of action.
PE pipe with PE saddles as shown in yellow. Red section indicates section of pipe to be replaced. Black pipe indicates steel riser section. Both connected with stainless steel bypass hose.
PipeTech led an exciting project and provided on-site training to the operational teams from Cadent Gas, which demonstrated the capabilities and significant benefits of the MicroStop Equipment.
The project took place on a block of flats in London. Dozens of families were at risk of having their gas supply cut off due to corrosion on the steel supply pipe. Gas to this multi occupancy building was provided by a steel supply pipe (above ground), which transitioned to PE pipe below ground level. The MicroStop system showed how the pipe can be repaired without cutting off the gas supply to residents. The use of this system significantly reduces the complexity of this repair task and offers the following benefits:
Reduction in operational and logistical cost to the gas companies
No interruption to the gas supply
Prevention of potential fines (due to the lack of interruption)
Minimised disruption to the residents
Reduction of time required on site to perform the operation
Repair operations completed by one team