By Josh Eades, Project Engineer at National Grid
A group of IGEM members attended the Pipelines Maintenance Centre (PMC) depot in Ambergate for a technical visit.
The visit involved a guided tour around the vast site and a look around the various workshops where the Ambergate technicians conduct activities such as welding, fabrication, maintenance, blasting and painting.
There followed a showcase and demonstration of a host of innovations developed in-house by the PMC technicians and engineers. These included a revolutionary technique for injecting grease into valves that are missing an isolation root valve and a tool that re-grinds the sealing face of the valve.
Josh Eades, Project Engineer for PMC, said: “This was a great opportunity for the wider industry to gain a better understanding of the range of pipeline intervention solutions the PMC has to offer.
“A mixture of new and familiar faces created a great forum to share and discuss current challenges, while promoting new innovative methods of adding value to ageing assets.”
The demand for the event was so high that PMC will be hosting another event very soon, so watch this space for more information.