When I started my career as a valve engineer, one of the first lessons were: Which materials are used for valve components. Didn`t know too much about the details of the different materials, for me, the most strange material at that times was the 316 Series.
Construction of modularized plant system has become a popular choice of design in heavy process industries like the Oil/Gas and Petrochemical Sector. Modularization is where equipment, vessels, piping, valves, instrumentation and electrical/controls are mounted on a compact steel framework, commonly called “skids”.
Valve customization is adapting to customers’ needs in regards to changing body materials, port connections, testing requirements, and various combinations of different assembly types. Being open to different design ideas, and accepting the challenge the customer set forth. As a valve manufacturer we strive to impress our customers with our many years of experience in building valves. Every day we continue to receive new design request from our customers for complex requirements. Since we have over 140 years in customizing valves experience, our customer can trust that we are experts in the industry.
Frans and Tim are in frequent exchange about the future of the Oil & Gas Industry. On June 26th, 2017, we have published the transcript of their first discussion on our website. You can read the full transcript “Challenges and Trends in the Oil & Gas Industry” here.
In the Oil/Gas industry, although it has become very common, the use of a compact Double Block & Bleed (DBB) valve for pressure energy isolation is still not applied or adopted across the board. I have experienced a few times wherein the use of a DBB valve for process isolation is more of an option rather than a design requirement.
Double block and bleed valve systems are conventional installations for most End-Users in the Oil and Gas industry. Conventional installations of DBB valve systems have become a normal practice and can even be found on offshore platforms.
The installation of DBB valve systems is a time consuming process that can negatively impact employees and their work production. The normal process of this type is baded on:
Using two 6” 1500 class ball valve with all the additional materials,
Long and comlex installation process (up to a 41 steps)
Huge amount of material (weight of 2,645 lb(s) = 1200 kg