Plumber hopes to put the Kibosh on North Sea leaks
Ross Dickinson, a self-employed plumber, created Kibosh – a signature pipe repair technology – 14 years ago to provide a quick, yet highly effective and robust solution to damaged or leaking domestic water pipes.
His company, Kibosh Ltd, has received funding from OGTC, the Aberdeen-based technology center helping the oil and gas industry develop and implement innovative solutions that will accelerate the transition to an affordable, net-zero North Sea.
This support, in addition to that from existing investors, will fund pre-field testing and certification by BSI, the leading global assessor of product standards, and the qualification of its industrial product range by Lloyds Register.
Ross, who dropped out of school at age 16, was diagnosed with dyslexia years later and was prescribed colored glasses to help him read. He soon earned his plumbing degree from Borders College and won a SNIPEF Apprentice of the Year award before starting his own plumbing business in 2007.
After spending several years developing and patenting its unique solution, Kibosh’s clamps have built an international customer base in the professional plumbing, craft and DIY sectors in recent years.
Ross told us: “It was excruciatingly difficult to get to this point, but it’s great to be working with some of the biggest names in the energy sector to develop Kibosh products for a range of industrial environments.
“I knew quite early in the process that if we could make the clamps effective for domestic use, we had a good chance of applying the same basic solution in large-scale engineering and manufacturing environments.
“I am confident that I will be working with OGTC and the University of Strathclyde in the coming year or so
we will be able to develop a range of Kibosh products that save huge amounts of time, money,
and crucial water and other precious liquids for companies in many different sectors for years to
come. We believe our solutions have the potential to make a positive contribution to net zero
journey and because these clamps have such huge potential for cross-sector compatibility in oil and
gas and other industries, we think the market potential is in the billions of pounds and, most,
important, can also help save the planet and industry a similar amount. I love this
and to do it here in Scotland, with as many local partners as possible along the way.”
In February of this year, when houses in the US state cracked below freezing, Kibosh supplied several thousand clamps to aid recovery efforts. industry only.
There are significant ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) benefits to Kibosh technology,
that quickly, easily and affordably stops leaks and fugitive emissions, allowing piping systems to remain
operate at full capacity and production level, saving energy. Avoid loss of containmentsluiting
also avoids waste, pollution and potentially expensive clean-ups, reducing CO2 emissions
industry footprint on many levels. The company’s range of high-efficiency quick-freeze clamps consume
up to 50% less gas than other solutions to form and maintain an insulating ice plug in pipes, which:
speeds up maintenance and eliminates the need to drain entire systems.
These qualities have led to a growing interest in Kibosh from the oil and gas sector, energy and industry
sectors, with globally renowned partners including Total, Harbor Energy, CNOOC International and
Hydratight recognizes the huge potential of the company’s clamps as quick, easy solutions for damaged
pipes, minimizing any downtime until a permanent repair can be performed.
To meet that demand, Dickinson has created a range of industrial clamps that are now making their appearance
the final phase of research and development, with field trials in the North Sea over
the next 18 months. This project is also supported by Advanced . from the University of Strathclyde
Forming Research Center (AFRC), part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
Dickinson got the idea for Kibosh’s pipe repair technology when he was called to…
burst pipe in a home in Melrose in the winter of 2007. The homeowner could not locate the valve.
tap to shut off the water supply and by the time Dickinson could do this there were several thousand
A pound of damage had already been done to the property. The self-employed plumber asked
himself why there was no product on the market that would have enabled him to bring
quickly control the leak, minimizing any damage and saving time for a permanent repair
That was the ‘Eureka moment’ for Kibosh pipe clamps and Dickinson developed the idea during his
free time in the coming years, in collaboration with Cademuir Engineering in Selkirk to
prototype in 2010. In 2012, the Kibosh Emergency Pipe Repair Clamp caught the attention of:
Rothenberger, a leading global brand of plumbing tools and equipment, and Dickinson soon joined
in an agreement whereby its clamps were produced and distributed internationally under the
Rothenberger brand and the Kibosh brand.
In 2015, Dickinson received funding to start the first phase of the development of an industrial solution with:
the Oil & Gas Innovation Center (OGIC) and Heriot Watt University. Three years later he assured verzekerd
further funding for a second phase of development of Kibosh clamps for pipes up to 6 inches
diameter, again working with OGIC and AFRC.
In September 2019, Dickinson secured private equity financing from Edinburgh investments
syndicate Par Equity and the Scottish Investment Bank, allowing him to focus entirely on Kibosh.
time and to appoint a small team to help him grow the company, including Chairman Keith Gibson,
non-executive investment director Audrey Orhorn, and former Procter & Gamble executive Andy
Peterson, who joined Kibosh as chief executive in July 2020.
Peterson said: “Kibosh is already a real Scottish success story, but it’s also one that I think is just
just started and has huge potential. Ross has had to sacrifice so much and take a great win
many obstacles to get to where we are today and the success so far testifies to his creativity,
determination and perseverance.
“This is an extremely exciting period for Kibosh as we work with some of the world’s major industry leaders to
Develop Ross’ unique technology in a way that delivers significant improvements in the
asset efficiency and help transition to a net-zero future.”
Paul Atkinson, founder of Par Equity, said: “Two years ago we made our first investment in
Kibosh, in support of the rollout of Ross’ invention, a patented pipe repair and pipe freezing equipment
with proven worldwide application and potential. Since then we have been working together to continue
strengthen the team with the addition of Andy Peterson, with a background as a global executive
with P&G. Ross, Andy and the wider Kibosh team are now establishing their proprietary technology
more industrial-scale applications with huge commercial opportunities for solving key industrial pipelines
maintenance and leakage problems. Kibosh remains one of the most exciting companies in Par’s portfolio.”
Craig Nicol, OGTC Project Lead, said: “OGTC is delighted to support Kibosh’s team with
further development of their rapid pipe repair and pipe freezing clamp systems. If we continue with
investing in our commitment to a carbon neutral strategy in the UK, Kibosh’s innovative repair and freeze
products are aligned with our strategic technology roadmap. We look forward to working on this
exciting project with Ross and the team.”
Rory Ingram, NMIS/AFRC Project Leader, said: “AFRC’s Design Engineering Team, part of the
National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, are delighted to be working with Kibosh and other partners to
bring the Kibosh rapid pipe repair products and high efficiency pipe freezing products closer to the oil market
and gas and industrial applications. Kibosh already supported with the conceptual development
phase, it is great to have the opportunity to support again in the next phase. We are looking forward to
providing technical design, materials, fabrication, verification and validation support to Kibosh
in developing advanced prototypes, building on more than 140 years of combined industry experience