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United Living Infrastructure Services to deliver key compressor upgrade for Cadent

United Living Infrastructure Services (ULIS) has been chosen to deliver the OPTINET Compressor Project in West Butterwick, North Lincolnshire.

On behalf of Cadent, the UK’s largest gas network, the c. £2 million project, which is now well underway, will see ULIS install a reciprocating compressor into the existing pipework system at the site. The installation will allow compression from within the intermediate pressure network to the high-pressure network to free up capacity within the system to ensure a safe gas supply to thousands of homes, businesses, and community facilities.

Works include providing the necessary infrastructure upgrades to support the compressor function, which involves electrical, instrumentation, and control systems—sitting alongside the required mechanical and civil improvements to provide the needed stability for the bases supporting the new Compressor and associated equipment. ULIS will also be responsible for the commissioning and handover of the new compressor unit.

ULIS continue to utilise innovative technologies where possible to reduce carbon emissions, including zero-emission temporary welfare units, hybrid machinery and in particular, HVO fuel. HVO has been exclusively used on all projects since April 2021, and its use on the Optinet project is forecast to provide a carbon saving of 52T/CO²e.

Benn Cottrell, Managing Director, United Living Infrastructure Services, said: “We’re pleased to have been chosen by Cadent for this exciting project and bring our engineering expertise to help secure safe gas supplies for years to come. Taking on this vital installation with its specific challenges is a project our team is looking forward to. Works on site have progressed extremely well to date to ensure we are ready to take receipt of the new Compressor early in the New Year”.

“While ensuring a safe gas supply is key, it’s important to reduce the impact on the environment during the installation works. With solutions such as hydrogen fuel cells, hybrid machinery, clean, renewable fuel, we can improve our sustainability practices and the impact construction sites have on the environment, as our industry strives towards meeting its carbon reduction targets”.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of March 2022.

As the UK’s largest gas network, Cadent ensures gas reaches more than 11 million customers by maintaining and upgrading networks that include more than 80,000 miles of pipes, with new connections added every day. Placed end to end, that amount would already stretch more than three times around the world.