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What's in the pipeline?


Pipelines 2002 is organised with the Pipeline Industries Guild and will be the largest international networking event for the industry in the UK Pipelines 2002 will focus on innovation and technology in the pipeline industry worldwide. The Pipeline Industries Guild (A200) has organised a conference to run in conjunction with the exhibition, which will cover these issues, while catering for three market sectors: oil and gas offshore, major land pipelines and utilities.

Conference speakers will be discussing technological developments in the quest to cut costs in both onshore and offshore pipelines, together with management efficiencies and process Gas infrastructure specialist Transco will be outlining its major pipework renewal programme including the current urgent issue of old iron mains pipes which must be replaced if they are closer than 30m to a building. It is carrying out a steady ramp up of overall replacements to 3,600km a year over the next five years.

TT UK, British arm of Germany's Tracto-Technik, will be showing a new type of pipeburster for use in ductile iron and steel pipes when they are replaced. The system uses traditional bursting but introduces a Quicklock system of rods instead of threaded rods (A126).

The Pipelines Industry Guild is backing the new One-Call System for finding utilities which collates data from existing information systems and ties it together into a geographical information system.

While part of Polypipe's ground floor is taken up with product displays on a 'Water-handling theme', the rest is given over to an open stage area and tiered seating for 40 visitors. There will be a running feature throughout the show where Polypipe clients compete to beat the clock in laying a 10 sq m area of Polyplumb underfloor heating.

A technical team headed by David Raynor will supervise the competitors, wield the stopwatch and deduct time faults for any incorrect installation.

The team with the fastest time of the day will win £100 and there will be a £5,000 prize for the overall winner over the Interbuild period.

Stand H8 C125