• SGN Press release


    Underground robot upgrades Hove gas network as part of £655,000 project


    25 October 2017

    CISBOT in action to seal the joints in the pipes CISBOT in action to seal the joints in the pipes. 

    SGN will begin work to upgrade the local gas supply network in Church Road, Hove, later this week. 

    As part of a £655,000 project to ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply to the local community, we’re using an innovative robotic system called CISBOT to upgrade our gas mains in Church Road and Sackville Road.

    The innovative robot, developed by US-based ULC Robotics, will work underground to seal the joints in the pipe. CISBOT can travel approximately 170 metres in each direction from a single excavation, so we don’t require long trenches along the road to access our pipes. This means we’re able to upgrade our network more quickly and with less disruption, reducing the impact of our essential work on Hove’s residents and road users.  

    Following discussions with Brighton and Hove City Council, our project will begin on Wednesday 25 October and last approximately 14 weeks. We’ll be working in Church Road and Sackville Road in five phases. To ensure everyone’s safety, we’ll need to suspend some parking around our work areas but we’ll maintain two-way traffic around our site. 

    To minimise disruption to the local community over the busy festive period, we’ll suspend our project from Thursday 21 December until the first week in January. When we return to Church Road in early January, we’ll need to temporarily close the slip road from Church Road to Holland Road for approximately three weeks. A signed diversion will be in place. 

    SGN Engineering Manager Casey Everitt said: “By using the innovative CISBOT robot to seal the joints along the inside of our gas main, we’re able to minimise inconvenience for Hove’s road users, residents and visitors while we upgrade our gas main along Church Road and Sackville Road. 

    “The robot works underground and upgrades the gas main from the inside, which means we don’t require long trenches along the road to access the pipe. Less digging means we can complete this essential work more quickly. What’s more, the robot works inside the live gas pipe, so there’s no need to interrupt gas supplies while we upgrade our pipes.”