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Posted: Monday 7th September 2009

Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions (BBUS), one of the UK’s leading utility solutions providers, has launched its Vertical Valve Injection Kit with supplier partner Hy-ram Engineering Ltd.

The Vertical Valve Injection Kit provides a simple yet unique solution for the water industry, using a combination of already proven pressurised injection technology from Hy-ram along with an innovative step change in application. The kit repairs leaking water sluice valves using PTFE injection with no excavation, in less than 45 minutes.

Mike Brockhurst, BBUS General Manager for Innovation and Development said: “The VVI Kit is a simple application of an existing high-quality repair system, providing great benefits to our clients including zero excavation.

“We have worked with Hy-Ram for a number of years and whilst considering who would be the most suitable supplier for the kit, they offered us the best solution to bring it to market.

“Our Innovations Senior Project Manager Ted Twell designed this new application, following a request from our operations teams to eliminate the need to excavate whilst repairing a leaking water sluice valve. The BBUS I&D team is dedicated to generating new, innovative ways of working which allow our operation teams to work with the most advanced and least disruptive techniques.”

Tim Hallam Hy-Ram Managing Director said: “We’re delighted to be associated with BBUS and to be the nominated manufacturer and distributor of the Vertical Valve Injection Kit. The product has been enthusiastically received by our customers and fits well with Hy-Ram’s extensive range of specialist pipe equipment.”

The VVI Kit is available through Hy-Ram’s national depot network, for further information or a demonstration contact the national sales office on 01623 422982.

Throughout the design and trial process BBUS received very positive feedback from a number of its clients who have trialled the kit, such as Yorkshire Water and United Utilities.

YorkshireWater - Mark Penny, Director of the Water Business Unit said:

“This vertical technique is fantastic news and a huge step forward in our ambition to deliver zero supply interruptions without excavation.”

United Utilities - Sammy Nelson, Delivery Manager North West said:

“United Utilities endeavour to use non-disruptive techniques to repair leaks across its network and the new Vertical Valve Injection kit ticks all the boxes. It will improve our network infrastructure quickly and offer customers an excellent repair service.”

The VVI Kit provides a large number of benefits:

BBUS has already repaired hundreds of valves to date using the kit with excellent results, which also provides a more robust valve than the original.

BBUS has sought to provide a simple and practical solution to deliver the Vertical Valve Injection Kit and will continue to offer demonstrations to all its clients across the UK – also when purchased training and technical support for the kits may be available on request. The

new kit will quite simply remove the cost, complexity and disruption caused by excavation and reinstatement when repairing a straight forward leaking sluice valve.

The Vertical Valve Injection kit has also won industry awards for innovation:

· HSC09 – Award win for Product Invention and Innovation 2009

· Pipeline Industry Guild – Award win for Significant Contribution to Utility Pipeline Technology 2009

· Water Industry Achievement – Finalists in the award for best use of Existing Technology 2009

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