DNV-GL: electrification and digitalisation ‘transformative’ technologies in oil and gas

The oil and gas supply chain is likely to transform in this decade. The keywords are efficiency, decarbonization and safety. DNV-GL identifies the enabling technologies in its Technology Outlook 2030, which was published in December 2019.

Surging valve markets

Industrial valve sales will exceed USD $64.5 billion worldwide this year. In general, the market is growing at approximately 3-4 percent per year and in most countries is growing at 1 percent higher than GDP (Gross Domestic Products). Where GDP is growing at 2 percent, CFT (Combust, Flow and Treat Product) sales are growing at 3 percent. Where GDP is growing by 7 percent CFT sales are growing by 8 percent.

The benefits of communication

With years of experience in control valve technology plus innumerable application discussions with customers in every conceivable industry, Jos Geers is without doubt a ‘go-to’ person if you have a control valve question. Valve World therefore decided to ask Mr. Geers if he would share his thoughts on the future of the control valve.

Weird and wonderful wave energy

Scott Hunter wanted to design yachts. But instead of a career in shipbuilding, Mr. Hunter’s expertise in fluid dynamics steered him towards renewable wave energy. Now, as chief technology officer for Wave Swell Energy, he is involved in the implementation of an unconventional valve solution for use in a 200kW wave energy project off the coast of Tasmania.

Hydroelectric currents in Chile

Traditionally important hydropower is becoming less common across Latin America. However, as recent activity in Chile demonstrates, flowing water remains a potent source of energy for companies willing to invest. Domestic utilities have long understood this, but more recently, foreign companies have been keeping hydropower relevant.

Is SMART LDAR correctly applied today in Europe?

LDAR is widely used in Europe both in standard mode according to EPA Method 21 Technique (CWP Current Work Practice) and in SMART mode with Infrared Camera Optical Gas Imaging Technique (AWP Alternative Work Practic). SMART LDAR is only applicable in oil and gas fields in which both techniques are suitable and can be combined to enhance the results of the inspections.

Pressure glands: sometimes overlooked

All valves produced for the hydrocarbon industry are produced in accordance with a VDS (Valve Data Sheet). The VDS states the material quality which should be used on all parts: the body, seats, closing member (ball, plug, gate), bonnet and the stem.

First dialogue, then diagnostics!

SAMSON REGELTECHNIEK recently initiated a series of pilots with customers in the Netherlands. The pilots were not needed to evaluate the latest technology, but more to ensure that clients could make the best possible use of currently available diagnostics features, explains Sales Manager Jos Geers.

Madness in the hydrocarbon industry

We all know that a hydrocarbon plant is built in accordance with a set of rules and regulations. As the media in the pipe system is dangerous, explosive and easily flammable, we want it to stay inside the piping. Internal leaks are tolerated to a certain degree, but we can´t tolerate external leaks out of the pipes, flanges or valves.

Retrofit brings top efficiency for German CHP plant

By replacing aging steam pressure reducing valves and upgrading actuators to stateof- the-art models, N-ERGIE will realise efficiency improvements at its combined heat and power plant in Sandreuth, Germany.