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RadiusPLUS Deliver UK First 250x250mm Electrofusion Equal Branch Saddle

Posted: Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Pipeline services specialists RadiusPLUS have successfully carried out the first installation of their ground-breaking 250 x 250mm MiniMuss equal branch saddle on an existing potable water main feeding approximately 3,000 properties in the Severn Trent Water area of Coppenhall near Stafford.

This exciting innovation offers a size for size under pressure connection to lateral pipelines and is the cost effective alternative to standard equal tee installations. The branch saddle can be installed whilst the pipeline is under pressure, with no requirements for expensive and time consuming flow stopping operations and zero interruption to water supply, which helps Severn Trent Water achieve their ‘Always On’ commitment to their customer.

Tim Randle, Radius’s development technician who has been working on perfecting the 250 x 250mm branch saddle explained: “we’ve developed a fitting with enhanced features to facilitate installation in confined and congested spaces. We’ve come up with a new slimline fitting design which offers a first-class solution for branch connections whilst retaining maximum fusion integrity”. RadiusPLUS’s Head of Operations Dave Sykes added: “this is another exciting UK first development for RadiusPLUS and great news for our gas and water utility customers. Traditionally, where network analysis specifies a full bore connection, the only option available was to carry out a flow stopping operation, construct a by-pass and weld a large tee with all the other associated fittings. Our new MiniMuss equal branch saddle offers network operators a solution for under-pressure connection with a much reduced excavation footprint, lower installation time and costs and no disruption to their customers.”

MiniMuss is a state of the art fitting for gas and water applications, offering unique advantages for repairs and new connections to lateral pipelines, air valve and hydrant connections and can also be used to deploy flow stopping tools during repair or diversion operations.

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