Posted: 4 August 2016
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Safer by design
Safer by design

How did one engineer’s desire to improve site safety become an innovation that will save National Grid millions of pounds? A new video tells the full story…

“Removable CTP units will significantly improve safety as well as creating savings of up to £5m in the next five to ten years"

Paul Ogden, Senior Engineer.

The power of ideas is in full evidence in Gas Transmission’s Removable Composite Transition Pieces (CTP) innovation project.

When a gas pipe exits a concrete inspection pit seals are used to protect the pipe – and fixing the seals when they fail can be high-risk and costly. But Senior Engineer Paul Ogden sought a better way of doing things.

With the help of project partners, Paul and his team have developed a revolutionary composite gas transition seal unit that allows technicians to quickly remove it, easily find out if there are any corrosion issues or damage, and then put it all back in a relatively simple operation.

“During the next six years, up to 60 of these units are likely to be installed on the NTS,” said Paul. “And that will significantly improve safety as well as creating savings of up to £5m in the next five to ten years, with further savings beyond that.”

The video below explains how and why this bright idea blossomed.

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Click on the image above to watch the CTP video.

 

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