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Blutop™ Installation Beats the Clock

Posted: Friday 4th December 2009

Blutop™ small diameter pipe from iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK has defied all the odds to be completely installed at the new Travelodge at Ratho Park, near Edinburgh Airport, in just two days.

Despite contractor Pressure Test Scotland having no prior experience of laying Blutop™ pipes and fittings and restricted vehicle access, the installation of 257m of Blutop™ 110mm OD pipe was planned with a short installation window of 48 hours. Blutop™ was chosen due to its easy handling and quick push-fit jointing system, and no requirement to use imported bedding and infill materials.

Using the latest technologies in both ductile iron pipe spinning, coating materials and gasket design, Blutop™ delivers a modern interpretation of the traditional strength and long-term performance of ductile iron. The combination of materials provides leak-free reliability, easy handling, reduced installation costs and high water quality even in contaminated ground, all in a system combining durability and performance to provide lowest whole life cost.

Commenting on the contractor’s first experience of Blutop™, Davie Connell of Pressure Test Scotland commented: “Handling was a major benefit of using Blutop™ due to the reduced weight of the pipes. They were very easy to manually lift and lay, saving time and money and avoiding the need for machinery when moving pipes around the site.

“Overall the cost of materials combined with the easier handling helped reduce the costs of the project and aided us in completing installation in accordance with the planned schedule.”

Paul Hancock of Saint-Gobain PAM UK added: “The Blutop™ system performed very well at the Ratho Hotel, passing the final test pressure of 10 bar first time. The project also utilised the unique Blutop™ anchor gasket system rather than concrete thrust blocks, further reducing costs.

“Blutop™ combines strength and flexibility, allowing it to be laid shallow or deep or in high-pressure environments, providing an efficient and cost-effective alternative to plastics. Blutop™ is suited to a whole range of applications and enhances the choice that a specifier can make.”




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