Don’t let high pressure become your weak link
From a safety standpoint, nothing is more critical to successful station commissioning than properly installed high pressure gas lines. Involving experts who have specific knowledge, skills and experience with the materials, components and installation methods can add value to the station project from design through commissioning.
For that reason, the earlier, the better! No matter how you plan to do the field work – either through a mechanical contractor directly, or through a CNG specialty subcontractor – make sure these specialized skills, knowledge and experience are on the project. Construction in general has relatively high turnover. The work sites are relatively unsupervised and the work is oftentimes regarded as “one-off.” Therefore, it becomes even more critical that specific individuals – not just their employer – demonstrate proficiency and currency with these skills.
CNG Fueling Station project stages where qualified high pressure CNG fuel line experts can add value include:
- Station design and specification
- High pressure system planning
- Material and equipment planning and scheduling
- Installation training
- High pressure line installation
- Test & Inspect
Design & Specification
Up to 85% of cost is determined in the design phase. This is true no matter what is being designed. Once the Bill of Material (BOM) is solidified and the specification is inked, changes to capitalize on opportunities to reduce cost, improve performance and increase reliability are more difficult.
Experts in the areas of high pressure CNG lines are best suited to help minimize material requirement through selection of the best connections (where to use fittings versus sweep tubing, for instance) which can also reduce the labor hours required during installation.
Specialists are most familiar with the material and equipment currently available to install high pressure CNG systems. Some even provide the materials manufactured specifically to their specification (like InsightFuel does) which are determined by the operating conditions found at a CNG station.
Those who specialize in this industry are more likely to have the tooling and materials needed for your project when you need them than a supply generalist serving all industries.
These specialists oftentimes also have trained technicians with currency who can help a contractor’s work crew be more effective, thereby greatly reducing the risk of field problems. The methods these specialists have developed are going to allow them to accurately advise on when they should be on site and for how long they should be there.
Experienced, qualified CNG fuel line experts are going to provide the most cost effective, impactful training because they know the materials, components, installation requirements, safety requirements, and have actually been involved on dozens and dozens of projects.
They know the tricks of the trade, which increase the odds of a leak-free system and reduce the cost to get there.
InsightFuel is here to help
InsightFuel (newly formed by joining AFV Natural Gas Systems and SSP-CNG Plus) helps contractors build CNG stations faster and safer with new materials and methods. We are a business intent on growing the industry by assisting all parties from the station owner/operator, to developers, engineering firms, and construction contractors. Our expertise and experience, along with superior materials and job site tooling, are all in place to help build stations safer and faster.