Energy Services

Former Great Britain Rugby League forward Tony Cottrell has been brought in to throw his weight behind the drive to establish the newly formed Fastflow Energy Services (FES) as a leading gas infrastructure contractor.

The Leigh Centurions star, who built and ran his own utility infrastructure business for more than 30 years before selling up in 2007, was tempted back to the industry by Neil Armstrong, Fastflow Group owner and chief executive, who hopes to make Fastflow’s gas operations as successful as its £30m turnover Fastflow Pipeline Services division, which works in the water sector.

Cottrell said: “An opportunity to launch and grow a business – something I have done successfully before – was a challenge I simply could not turn down.

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Fastflow has been selected as an approved partner by National Grid (NG) for gas diversion and installation works throughout the UK. Said Fastflow Chief Executive, Neil Armstrong: “We are very pleased that our longstanding partnership with National Grid Gas Transmission has been extended and we look forward to continuing to work with this blue chip client.

It was particularly important that our bid to be a framework partner was successful because there’s a lot of opportunity to win new work. Projects such as the proposed high speed rail link between London and Birmingham, for example, will mean increasing amounts of gas diversion works need to be done.”

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National Grid’s working partnership with Fastflow Energy Projects (a trading division of Fastflow Pipeline Services Ltd) continues as the Lichfield based pipeline utility specialists begin reinforcement works on the East Anglia Local Transmission Network (LTS).

The £1.5m project will see the capacity of the LTS increased at Matching Green in Harlowe, Essex, to enable National Grid to operate feeder No. 18, running from here to Cambridge at the optimized pressure range of 75 to 20 bar. This will allow additional diurnal line pack which will supplement the LTS Hypergrid pipeline in times of high demand.

Fastflow will be working on site at Matching Green AGI until October 2011, reconfiguring the PRS station to provide both fill and empty cycles.

Awarded to Fastflow Energy Projects (FEP) after a competitive tendering process, the project is one of a number of high profile contracts the company has won with National Grid in the last 12 months; including a pair of high pressure diversion works on the A1and the A1073 near Peterborough.

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Fastflow Energy Projects (a trading division of Fastflow Pipeline Services Ltd) is keeping the nation energised after completing a pair of high profile pipeline contracts for National Grid on Britain’s road network.

The works on the A1 involved relaying 550m of 750mm diameter high pressure gas welded steel pipeline from the East side, the existing A1, to the West side of the Al(M) diversion. This relaying included the installation of two road crossings - one in an existing concrete sleeve and the other in a newly fitted pipe-jacked concrete sleeve.

Valued at £1m, the contract presented some practical and logistical challenges, with a number of parties and stakeholders to satisfy, including the Highways Agency and its road building contractor, local landowners, farmers, and English Heritage’s protected archaeology. Fastflow worked in cooperation with these groups to devise a strategy that incorporated all individual requirements, whilst also working within a tight time constraint to meet the small window available for final tie-ins.

> Read more: On the road with Fastflow Energy Projects

Following the recent successful on-site assessment, Lloyds Register have confirmed that the Fastflow Group has been awarded full Gas Industry Registration Scheme (GIRS) Accreditation.

This validates our gas pipeline capabilities and enables us to install gas mains and services on behalf of developers.

We expect to obtain Water Industry Registration Scheme (WIRS) full accreditation by the end of 2007 followed by National Electricity Registrations Scheme (NERS).

> Read more: Award of Full GIRS Accreditation