SA valve maker wins Kazakhstan order

South African valve manufacturer Gunric Valves has won a multi-million-rand contract to supply large ball metal-seated butterfly valves, ranging in size from 36 to 80 inches in diameter, to a project being undertaken by Tengizchevroil (TCO) – a partnership between National Oil Company Kazakhoil and Chevron – in Kazakhstan. The project involves the construction of an oil refinery on the Tengiz oilfields. The valves are being manufactured at Gunric’s factory in Robertville, Florida, on the West Rand. The bulk of the components are sourced locally, with the exception of operating mechanisms like actuators, which have to be imported. The company will be delivering the first batch of valves in March, with final delivery scheduled for late June or early July. It may be asked to assist with final commissioning of the valves and, as part of its after-sales services, the company will also do maintenance work if the need arises.

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