Engineers fixing a leak on a gas main – which has required the closure of Peel Road, Blackpool, for several weeks – today gave an update on their progress.
Gas network Cadent is repairing a 12-inch-diameter pipe that carries gas to heat more than 30,000 homes in the local area.
Largely out of sight, because the road is fully closed, the workers have faced several challenges, including that the pipe is in close proximity to an electricity substation and pylons.
With safety the first and absolute priority, the Cadent teams have been able to keep gas flowing throughout this extensive repair operation.
Now the team have confirmed work to create an extra section of gas main, which will bypass the area where the leak is coming from, should be finished within the next week.
“This is major engineering, a big job, and our team has worked hard to keep everyone safe and to keep gas flowing,” said Kevin Thompson, customer operations area manager for Cadent.
“We’d been getting calls about a smell of gas in the local area and tracked it to this main, which runs underneath Peel Road.
“This pipe operates at medium pressure and that means we have to take extra care and follow lots of safety procedures to carry out the work.
“We’ve been monitoring gas readings through the day and during the nights, to make sure everything is within safe levels.
“Due to the nature of the leak, it simply hasn’t been safe to keep the road open as a through road, but we have been able to maintain access for local businesses, farms, residents and facilities.
“We’re at a point now where the bypass should be completed within the next week, so that we can have the road open again by the end of next week [w/c 18 Oct].
“We’re incredibly grateful for the goodwill and understanding shown to our team from everyone in the local area.”
Cadent in the North West
Cadent manages the gas distribution network in North West England – more than 21,000 miles of underground pipes that transport gas to heat homes, hospitals, schools, offices and other buildings, as well as its many industrial uses and increasing popularity as a fuel for HGVs and other heavy vehicles.
This huge network of pipes will be a key part of UK and local journeys to net zero carbon emissions
, with Cadent preparing it to carry hydrogen instead of fossil gas within years. Hydrogen, a zero-carbon gas at point of use, is on track to start being introduced in the North West from this decade.