National Grid Metering (NGM) recently completed a non-routine and complex asset condition job at the Heineken brewery in central Manchester.
The project didn’t come without challenges but, despite this, it was completed within three days, with the factory safely reconnected and back up to running order.
David McRoy, Engineering Contract Lead, said: “Thank you to the team for your perseverance with this complex service alteration. It really was a test of your patience to see this through to delivery.”
The job proved especially awkward when it came to the location of the main valve and service line that fed the old meter installation and the wider brewery.
One issue was the location of the main valve, which needed shutting down before work could begin, near the main road. Cadent, along with Manchester City Council, had to close the road at 5am with a strict deadline to then get it open again before rush hour.
It took multiple site visits and constant communication with the stakeholder to satisfy everyone’s needs. As the brewery is a 24/7 operating site, the team had to work within tight time restrictions to tie in with the factory’s designated shutdown period; giving the team limited time to complete extensive welding works on the vents, carry out essential maintenance works on the aging valves and add a new service line to feed the meter installation pipework.
The success of the project took teamwork and collaboration between National Grid Metering and its service partners – Cadent, FUS, Northern Industrial Ltd and Allgas1 – along with specialists in welding.
Head of Metering Maxine Long commented on Yammer: “Well done doesn’t come close. A superb example of teamwork and engineering prowess at its best!”