FT Pipeline Systems & FT Ductile Synergy SuccessPosted on Feb 03, 2014
FT Pipeline Systems and FT Ductile worked together to supply pipe to a major water scheme in the South East of England. The Abberton Reservoir Enhancement Scheme (Essex & Suffolk Water), involved increasing the capacity of the existing reservoir by raising the level of the water. This was necessary to meet increased demands for water over the coming years. The FT Group supplied a range of pipe diameters and materials including ductile iron and steel pipe, fittings and associated pipeline products.
The reservoir enhancement project involved re-routing 600mm, 900mm, 1000mm and 1200mm diameter pipelines (totalling nearly 4kms), and the associated works for several new pumping stations. Welded steel pipe was chosen for the main pipe runs to remove the requirement for thrust blocks and to allow an epoxy internal lining to be used. Cement mortar was not a consideration because of tiger mussel infestation. External coating was the standard 3 layer polyethylene offered on all our systems.
A further consideration of the specification was the safety issues surrounding man access of pipes. FT Pipeline Systems was able to provide a solution through their E Joint technology. This allows the welding process to be completed without damaging the internal lining, thereby removing the need to access the pipe. Allied to this, FTPS worked with the contractor to provide take-off lists and drawings for the connections to the existing mains. This involved complex design and a mutually agreeable solution for all parties.