CEME - Emergency Response

Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, we offer an emergency response service, known as CEME (Centralised Emergency Materials and Equipment). Through this, we help a range of pipeline operators keep their vital operations running – our customers include gas transmission and distribution network owners, power stations, and oil and multi-fuel pipeline owners.

Strategically placed across mainland Britain, our engineers are ready to respond to all kinds of pipeline emergencies. Each situation is different, and we always have the specific materials and equipment needed to deal with it quickly and efficiently.

Everything you need, every time

CEME works as a scheme, and our customers are members. When you join, as well as having the reassurance of our emergency service, you gain access to all the materials and specialist equipment we hold across our depots – all stock-managed to provide a rapid response.

Materials include:

  • pre-tested pipe stock
  • transition pieces
  • bends
  • high-pressure sealing elements
  • split tees
  • epoxy sleeves
  • repair clamps
  • large-diameter flow-stop epoxy tees
  • epoxy tee branch seals.

Equipment includes:

  • tapping machines
  • stopple equipment
  • IRIS stops
  • PE squeeze-off equipment.

All the items we keep in stock are pre-tested and suitable for a full range of diameters and pressures.


Case Studies

Find out how we react in emergency.
Watch and read our case studies below.

Emergency response case study

Watch our video to see us conduct an emergency cut out and replace with over a 100 foot bypass

Addenbrookes case study

Minor gas works had revealed a 24” ductile iron potable water main had been sitting directly on top of a 2” grouted tee stopple connection fitting for around 12 months, the pipe could have blown at any moment.

Not only did the gas and water pipes feed around 40,000 customers, they also fed directly into Addenbrookes Hospital

PMC were called 2 days before Christmas 2014 for their advice and recommendations on repair methods.

PMC utilised 8” temporary pipe work to make up the bypass and ensured the tees were correctly positioned. Phase 1 of the works, to de-commission the defect area and re-commission the bypass, was completed within 10 days.

Watch the video here for the full story