Offering the full scope of on/off valves; our products and services support upstream, midstream and petrochemical applications. We pride ourselves on the individual support we give to our customers, understanding their needs and challenges through the development of long term professional relationships.
In the oil and gas markets, valves are generally required for upstream activities to support in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons. Reliability of the design and materials choice is crucial, particularly when dealing with high pressures, subsea conditions, and other onerous operating conditions. In these environments there can be increasing risks which need to be managed in order to maintain high levels of safety. Therefore a trusted supplier is needed who will deliver to the exacting standards specified.
However the similarities in design for midstream applications are significant with valves playing a role in the processing, storage and transportation of hydrocarbons. As a supplier who started out in the petrochemical sector; joining the oil and gas industry as it developed in the UK in the 1970’s, we have also continued to support the sector with many of our customers trusting us with valve applications for their petrochemical, oil and gas projects.
Valves are a key component along the critical path of a project which is why many operators choose to liaise with us directly. Long term relationships with our end users are essential in order to develop the technology that will support requirements of current projects and also ensure the viability of future projects. Early engagement has helped to save cost and time in development phases, during FEED and in operation.
As a global business we understand the challenges of operating in different regions. The need for localisation and local content is presenting a new challenge for many IOCs and NOCs that are keen to reduce cost but have goals to enhance local skills. To support this initiative we’ve been investing in key regions to help support local content and achieve knowledge transfer to strengthen localisation of engineering expertise. This collaborative approach to working is helping to create structures which ensure the long term future of projects in developing regions, by investing in technologies, services, and importantly the local community.
Interfacing with FEED customers is an important part of what we do. Supporting pre-FEED and FEED activities we can help to review valve options for the basic concepts through to overall field design. Whilst valves can represent a relatively small part of the field design, their specification can inevitably have a knock on effect on the specifications of other equipment. This could include the use of pneumatics as an alternative to hydraulics or reducing the size of manifolds by creating lighter or smaller envelope designs. Engaging with us at this stage helps to create the most fit for purpose solutions, focusing on the key requirements of the project. With this initial interface at project start-up, we understand the necessary requirements early on so that the valves can be delivered to schedule and to specification without complication.
Subsea production systems are becoming increasingly complex as we develop into deeper waters and more onerous environments; and as a key product, the valve business plays a fundamental role in the successful
application of these structures. Providing valves for manifolds, PLEMs, PLETs and other subsea structures; we can optimise the designs to best suit the configuration or can work with the providers early on in the process to best match up the assemblies. When working with SPS providers our strategy is always to form long term partnerships; that way we save time by utilising existing qualifications and designs where applicable.
We understand that valve choice is often dictated by the wider field design. That’s why we work with your specification to ensure that the valves not only meet the technical standards but also match the requirements of the wider environment.
SURF contractors are conventionally involved in installation of umbilicals, risers and flowlines, however in many instances the Engineering, Procurement Installation and Commissioning (EPCI) contracts will include a wider scope which incorporates valves. With advancements into ultra-deepwater and into harsher environments, the next phase of developments continue to raise new challenges for SURF contractors. Therefore the interface between contractors and suppliers becomes more important to maintain necessary levels of safety, efficiency and reliability. With regular reviews and progress meetings, we have an open and honest approach to business which means you are always up to date with how the valves are progressing. Once manufacturing, assembly and testing is complete we ensure our support continues; provided either by our service and aftermarket team based in the UK or by one of our service centres based around the world.
Our range of valves covers the full set of on/off valve requirements for offshore structures, which includes subsea structures and on board FPSOs. Lifetime reliability of valves is important not only for subsea applications, but also for surface applications. Any issues can cause severe delays through shutdowns and maintenance, and that’s why our customers prefer to use a reputable supplier with proven experience in reliability and safety.
In many cases the FPSO operator or builder will have valves included in the overall package. Making the process as easy and simple as possible, we offer fit for purpose solutions to match the project requirements. With over 50 years of experience in the valve business, we know what works and that’s why many customers prefer to come to us direct.
We understand that changing landscapes mean that many customers are sourcing from a reduced number of suppliers who can provide a broader scope of products. Although we offer the full range of on/off solutions, we’ve been working with valve management companies who can deliver our valve solutions which our outside of our scope, for example butterfly and control valves. Delivering the same level of quality and reliability through our on/off portfolio, the valve management company will liaise with end users direct to cover the full valve scope.
In many cases the valve scope will be determined by the EPC contractor undertaking the work on behalf of the operator. For these contractors issues can often arise when equipment is specified independently of each other. Therefore we offer a service where we can work closely with the EPC contractor to develop the most suitable solution for the overall systems design. In properly aligning the valve scope with the rest of the equipment, you can ensure that all pieces ‘fit together’. This approach requires a certain level of trust and co-operation between the supply chain and the contractor, hence we believe building strong relationships with these contractors helps to create a much smoother process where everyone is well informed.
Many of these contractors will also be involved in the long term managing of these projects and ongoing maintenance activities. In this instance the long standing relationships help to align service, maintenance, and repair activities delivering savings in operational expense.
Similar to EPC contractors, systems integrators can be involved in specifying a broad range of interfacing equipment which requires a joined up approach. By utilising our experience of integrating valves into the wider system, we can help simplify this process. We offer support for developing these interfaces and providing a co-ordinated approach for integration to the overall system.