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Oxford Flow’s IM valve approved for use in UK gas networks

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Pressure control equipment provider Oxford Flow has announced that its IM valve has been approved by UK utility SGN for use in its gas networks across the country.

Following a Network Innovation Allowance project with SGN, the gas regulator valve with a diaphragm-free design will be made available for the first time in UK gas distribution.

The IM valve, which was trialled in two SGN network locations in Ayrshire and Oxfordshire in the UK, met or exceeded field trial success criteria, including shut-off sealing, pressure control accuracy and response time.

According to Oxford Flow, the diaphragm-free, stainless-steel technology can also help gas distribution networks futureproof as the industry considers how to ‘green’ the network, via the introduction of hydrogen or other alternative gases.

“Gas distribution networks have struggled with a consolidated supplier market meaning pressure control innovations, particularly for gas regulator valves, were few and far between,” commented Neil Poxon, CEO of Oxford Flow.

“To be the company pioneering a new innovation in this field – the first in around 40 years – is monumental. This wouldn’t have been possible without the forward-thinking attitude of SGN and the commitment of our brilliant team. This is a culmination of all their hard work and taking this technology to the market is the perfect way to start 2020.”