Weir’s engineering facilities in France and the UK to supply valves for Maersk Oil.

Weir Flow Control has announced a major valve order of strategic importance for Maersk Oil. The multimillion Euro deal comprises 132 Sarasin-RSBD™ special service Pressure Relief Valves, together with 130 purpose-designed Blakeborough® Control and Choke valves. The project was awarded by SMOP in Singapore, the EPC for Culzean Field, and will benefit from the combined engineering expertise of Weir’s dedicated valve facilities in France and the UK.

The pump and valve specialist was awarded the project as part of Maersk Oil’s Culzean Gas Field development; an ultra-high pressure high temperature (UHP/HT) gas condensate facility located some 145 miles East of Aberdeen in the UK sector of the Central North Sea. The valves will be integral assets associated with numerous processes on site. Many of the valves will fulfil critical service applications, utilising Weir’s x-Stream™ Control valve trim, and a combination of Pilot Operated Safety Valves constructed from a selection of

high integrity duplex and austenitic steels. All components have been produced within the EU, fully compliant with strict project material control specifications.

Weir’s valve range are custom-designed to offer reduced installation and maintenance costs, minimised downtime, increased productivity, as well as remedying specific challenges involved in difficult application processes where environmental and failure risks are significant. Weir’s team leads the market in terms of Control, Choke and Safety valve sizing and specification, and this contract marks a strategic milestone for the company, which has continued to deliver growth and increased profitability despite the Oil & Gas market downturn.

The valves will be manufactured in Weir Flow Control’s Elland (UK) and Vendin-le- Vieil (France) plants, during which they will be subjected to extensive levels of non-destructive testing. The project involves teams from the UK and France applying extensive knowledge gained from supporting an installed base of totalling almost a million valves globally.

Ali Atmani, Sales Director for Weir Flow

Control France, commented: “ This contract is a great opportunity for us to deliver a major project for another market leader such as Maersk Oil. We’ve invested in our technology, people, and approach to valve sizing and manufacturing to offer highly competitive solutions aligned to project requirements. I’d like to applaud the efforts of our UK and French teams for demonstrating the best Weir can offer. Control, Choke and Safety valves are crucial assets for ensuring Oil & Gas applications run cost effectively, safely, and without unplanned interruption. We understand the demands of the environment and are looking forward to installing and supporting these valves through their operational lifetime.”

Simon Tattersall, Sales Director for Weir Valves & Controls UK, added: “We have been working on this project for a long time and the sales teams in the U.K and Singapore have worked closely with the customer to give the optimal technical and commercial solution. This project includes our standard and severe service Control and Choke valves, and is an important milestone as we extend our Oil & Gas footprint.”


Unwritten Creative, the North East England-based digital and branding agency, is supporting the region’s subsea sector with a project for a major new research and testing facility.

The agency has been retained by Tyne Subsea, a joint initiative between BEL Valves and Newcastle University, to support the facility’s ambitions to become the primary resource for companies developing technologies to operate in deep subsea environments.

Utilising its expertise in the engineering and offshore sectors, Unwritten is providing a range of branding and digital services including the creation of a new website and the development of targeted messaging to highlight the benefits of

p36 | | April 2017 the facility to the subsea industry.

Unwritten Creative is developing a growing practice in engineering-based industry sectors having secured assignments from a number of companies including British Engines, BEL Valves and Phusion IM.

Tyne Subsea is driven by more than 20 years of hyperbaric test experience from BEL Valves and Newcastle University, the facility is based across two sites, delivering hyperbaric research, test and certification.

It features two distinct services, which cater to commercial, research and skills requirements. Working in collaboration, BEL Valves and Newcastle University have developed a multi-chamber hyperbaric testing operation to increase the availability of deep water and environmental testing to

the subsea sector. Currently five chambers are in operation across the two sites with a fifth is due to be commissioned later this year.

Alison Ennis, Marketing Manager, BEL Valves, said: “We have worked with Unwritten Creative on previous projects and the understanding they have of our sector was a real benefit. The creative that they came up with was spot on, and from initial concepts to launch, we always felt we were in safe hands.”

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