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More work in the pipeline

Posted: Monday 18th April 2011

Fastflow Pipeline Services has started 2011 with two important contract wins for its innovative trunk mains cleaning service.

The deals, with Northumbria Water, are worth an estimated £1.5 million and will see the company’s award winning system deployed on a 9.3 km stretch of 49” main around Ponteland and Gosforth near Tyneside and a 3.6 km stretch of 30” main between Whittle Dene and Millway in Horesley, Northumberland.

Said Neil Armstrong, owner and chief executive officer of Fastflow: “I am delighted that we have won these contracts. We spent a lot of time and money developing our unique cleaning system to make it safer, more environmentally friendly and cost effective for the customer.

”We are now starting to see the fruits of our labour and having enjoyed quite a year in 2010, to start 2011 with a double success is excellent news. We are excited about the system we now have and hope to extend operations around the UK.”

The European-patented system is capable of operating over distances of up to a kilometre - resulting in fewer excavations and pipe interventions – saving substantial amounts of time and cost while improving safety and reducing environmental impact.

Cutting edge tools provide high quality images from deep within the pipeline, enabling the specially trained technicians to carry out a thorough assessment of the condition of the main and develop a detailed cleaning and repair plan.

The innovative, remote controlled spray head uses only a fraction of the water required by more traditional flushing methods, making it much more environmentally sustainable. Capable of cleaning 1.2 metres of pipe per minute it also scores very high water purity values in a single pass.

Over the past 12 months, Fastflow has won a series of contracts – including one to manage and maintain the North East’s clean water network - worth an estimated £220 million, which will provide work for up to a decade. As a result the company is creating two new senior posts - a commercial manager and a project engineer.

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