Phase 1, Proof of Concept of Kibosh Repair and Freezing Clamps for Oil & Gas and Industrial Applications

In 2011, Kibosh Ltd launched the Kibosh Emergency Pipe Repair clamp for use in the Professional Plumbing, trades and DIY sectors. Founder Ross Dickinson, having identified the need for a quick and effective means of isolating a leaking pipes, developed and launched the patented pipe repair clamp for leaking metal, plastic and multilayer pipes, winning design awards and innovation acclaim along the way.

With the clamp established in the domestic market, Kibosh Ltd received enquiries from multiple sectors, particularly the Oil & Gas and Energy sector. An industrial evolution of the Kibosh repair and freezing clamps would bring cost benefits by reducing and eliminating downtime from loss of containment, increase asset integrity and allow for easier and faster pipe maintenance. Kibosh Ltd engaged with The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) to identify a University to undertake research and development on the design and application of its patented domestic pipe repair and freezing clamps for use in Oil & Gas applications. The scope of work required the modification of the existing clamps, within the granted IP parameters.

Also the identification of optimal construction materials considering the offshore environment, pipe fluid contents, pipe fluid pressure and necessary certification, as well as the up-scaling of the solution to fit larger pipes. Kibosh Ltd selected Heriot-Watt University as their ideal academic partner. OGIC part-funded the project with the Heriot Watt. With this initial project phase ongoing, Kibosh Ltd took the opportunity to exhibit at the ITF Technology Showcase and Subsea Expo 2017, getting direct market response to the concept. Industry feedback indicated that the “Repair clamp” is an effective means of rapidly repairing leaks on a variety of pipes enabling the pipe and system to keep functioning normally. Having developed and tested repair and freezing prototypes, the next phase will concentrate on upscaling to even larger diameter pipes and higher pressures, testing, validation and certification.

Having identified a need for a quick and effective means of isolating a leaking pipe, Kibosh developed and launched a patented pipe repair clamp for leaking metal, plastic and multilayer pipes, winning design awards and innovation acclaim along the way.

With the clamp established in the domestic market, Kibosh Ltd received enquiries from the Oil & Gas sector and identified an opportunity. An oil and gas evolution of the Kibosh repair and freezing clamps would bring cost benefits by reducing and eliminating downtime from loss of containment, increase asset integrity and allow for easier and faster pipe maintenance.

Kibosh Ltd engaged with OGIC to identify a University to undertake research on the design and application of its patented domestic pipe repair and freezing clamps for use in Oil & Gas. The scope of work required the modification of the existing clamps within the recognised IP parameters; the identification of optimal construction materials considering the offshore environment, pipe fluid content, pipe fluid pressure and necessary certification, as well as the up-scaling of the solution to fit larger pipes. Kibosh Ltd selected Heriot-Watt University as their academic partner.

With this initial project phase ongoing, Kibosh Ltd took the opportunity to exhibit at the ITF Technology Showcase and Subsea Expo 2017, getting direct market response to the concept. Industry feedback indicated that the “Repair clamp” is an effective means of rapidly repairing leaks on a variety of pipes enabling the pipe and system to keep functioning.

Having developed and tested a prototype, the next scope of work will concentrate on upscaling to even larger diameter pipes and higher pressures, testing, validation and certification for real-world applications. The intended outcome of this next phase is to make the repair clamps suitable for permanent deployment.

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