08 Dec Celebrating 10 years of commercial operations of Ice Pigging™
SUEZ is quietly celebrating 10 years of commercial operations of Ice Pigging™
SUEZ is the world’s only supplier of Ice Pigging™, the unique process used to clean pipes of sediment, biofilm, contaminants and excess products.
The concept was developed at the University of Bristol as a means of quickly and effectively cleaning complex pipework in factories. Subsequently adopted by municipal water and sewage companies as a step change in pipe cleaning, Ice Pigging™ is now used across a wide range of industries including advanced engineering, defence, district heating and pharmaceutical. Commercial operations started in 2010 in the UK, expanding overseas to Asia, the Americas, Europe and Australia.
Since its creation, Ice Pigging™ has been the subject of much attention, including two patents and a string of innovation awards and to date it has been used to clean thousands of kilometres of pipe.
The dedicated team of Ice Pigging™ experts, engineers and operations teams are in Bristol, UK. This facility houses our test centre and the manufacturing centre for our Ice Pigging™ machines that are distributed worldwide. Under licence, SUEZ Ice Pigging™ teams serve other markets around the world.
Nick Haskins has been involved with Ice Pigging™ from the beginning; “It’s an amazing process. The ice slurry is pumped into a pipe like a liquid but moves through the pipework like a solid plug, detaching contaminants and fouling from the pipe wall and carrying them out of the pipe. Over the last 10 years, we have consistently demonstrated how ice pigging is far more effective than traditional mains cleaning techniques. It’s great to look back at all the success and see the difference we have made for our clients and ultimately, drinking water customers.”
Phil Pettit, Business Development Manager, comments; “SUEZ Ice Pigging™ is unique. It looks simple and straightforward, but it is only made that way by the very knowledgeable team we have. Collectively we have over 90 years of operational experience at our Bristol HQ. The breadth of knowledge helps to ensure great results, whatever the application or reason for cleaning.”
Sean Ashton, Ice Pigging™ equipment expert responds; “There is a great deal of satisfaction in exploring new areas and applications for our Ice Pigging™ equipment. It’s rewarding seeing the game-changing results achieved for our customers in many different parts of the world. This could be in reducing cleaning times from 6 months to 2 weeks, or 6 hours to 4 minutes in a faster moving production environment or when a customer has unwanted contaminants in their pipe network and Ice Pigging™ proves to be the most effective way to remove them.”