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CISBOT Travels Manchester Underground to Repair Cadent Gas Network

Continuing their dedication to reliably delivering gas to 11 million homes and businesses, Cadent has expanded their robotic repair work to the greater Manchester area.

Using CISBOT, ULC Robotics’ cast iron joint sealing robot, Cadent is working on a 263 meter section of 16” live gas main running beneath the Langley Road area in Salford. Originally selected due to a history of gas leaks, CISBOT is also being used to seal non-leaking joints within the main, negating the need for repeat work on this same pipe.

This is fantastic technology—a fast, efficient and non-disruptive way for us to check and seal joints at risk of failing as they age,” said Adam Hassall, Network Engineer at Cadent. “It’s essential work, reducing the risks of gas escapes and extending the life of gas mains relied on by hundreds of thousands of people for warmth.”

Over the course of one week, the robot will work quietly below ground to seal 50 joints and extend the life of the pipeline by an additional 50 years.

“Undoubtedly, the residents here are probably thinking, what are we doing?” said Graeme Cleeton, VP of UK Operations at ULC Robotics. “Because we are not impacting on them, we are not disturbing their gas supply and we are not digging excavations outside their property.”

Cadent has deployed a second CISBOT robot at Featherstall Road North in Oldham to operate within 299 meters of 18” pipe and seal 109 joints. Cadent has also identified an additional 4 kilometers of main in central Manchester for work in 2020.

To read the full story, visit Manchester Evening News.

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