Wigton Lane, Sewerage Main Replacement

The existing sewerage main running through Wigton Lane was in poor condition and leaking at various points which wasn’t very pleasant. This scheme was to replace the existing main with a new 355mm and partly 450mm polyethylene main.

Customer Name

Thermofuse Pipelines Ltd

Project Location

Wigton Lane, Alwoodley, Leeds


6 months

Products Used

McElroy T500 Series 3 Butt Fusion Machine (full kit) including Internal & External De-Beaders. Electro-Fusion Box, E/F Accessories & the Bead Diagnostic Instrument

The project took place in an area of Leeds which is extremely high profile and there were a number of challenges posed by the environment in terms of noise levels, access, disruption to residents and the physical layout of the job.

The solution was to offer a package to Thermofuse using a TracStar 500mm fully Automatic Butt Fusion Machine, which allowed the strings of pipe to be welded in-situ. The external beads were removed and then analysed with the Bead Diagnostic Instrument to ensure positive welding results. The pipe strings were jointed together with Electro-Fusion couplers and this was all being verified by ControlPoint’s BlueBox technology within PSS’s Electro-Fusion equipment via the Smart-Phone App.

This solution not only minimised the disruption to residents by reducing the working area, it also increased the number of access points to the residential properties. PSS HIRE ensured the equipment on site worked efficiently, ensuring the project was completed on schedule whilst still managing the costs on budget.

The project was  completed ahead of the programme and within budget.

"From the early engagement with PSS HIRE, we managed to collaborate really easily to overcome the significant challenges that this scheme posed. The equipment is to an excellent standard and using a suite of innovative products like the, BDI and the Electro-Fusion joint analysis allowed us to offer a much more cost effective solution to our client. The backup service provided by PSS HIRE has been first class throughout the project and has enabled us to react to the stiff test of the programme in terms of notice to attend site. As we are entering the final phase, we are in also ahead in terms of the overall programme."

Greg Hurst, Project Manager, Thermofuse Pipelines Ltd

"This was a great project to be involved with, and provided us with plenty to think about from the outset. By working closely with the project manager Greg Hurst and the team we managed to create a practical solution to enable this work to be delivered on time and on budget."

Nick McBride, Account Manager

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