Live underground gas mains (i.e. pipes carrying gas) must be exposed through excavations to allow Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs) to undertake necessary repairs and maintenance operations.
Whilst carrying out these operations there is a high risk of striking cable clusters which are often encased in concrete.
In an instance where an electrical cable is struck there is a high risk of injury to operatives. Furthermore, additional cost may be incurred from damage to neighbouring Utility’s assets.
Currently, the mitigating actions taken to reduce risk of cable strikes are:
These methods are often aggressive and can be difficult to apply precisely as the equipment may ricochet onto surrounding assets.
A solution is envisaged that will allow gas engineers to safely expose gas pipes and remove the surrounding concrete without damaging the underground assets.
The solution must:
The solution should:
Process for Registering Interest
To register initial interest and request an expression of interest form, please enter your details online. Alternatively, please call the Energy Innovation Centre on 0151 348 8040 and quote the reference number GDN-18-13.
Please note, specific EOI forms are created for each individual Call for Innovation and the matching form will be required to progress any submissions.
The closure date for registering initial interest is 04 April 2019. Please note office open hours are 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.