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Severn Glocon manufactures control valves for Ichthys LNG

LNG Industry,

Severn Glocon has designed and manufactured the largest control valves in the company’s history, for the Ichthys LNG project.

The four valves, which measure 42 in. bore and weigh 21 t, will be dispatched over the next six months. Two are destined for the Ichthys LNG project in Australia, and two for an oilfield in the Middle East.

Successful completion of these valves will underline the calibre of Severn Glocon's engineering and capabilities. Coping with their size and weight alone requires extensive logistics planning. This is particularly complex for the LNG valves, which need to undergo cryogenic testing to prove they can operate reliably at temperatures as low as -160°C.


Rob Green, Director of Operations at Severn Glocon, commented: "As a control valve engineering specialist, we're used to developing innovative solutions for difficult applications. However, valves of this size and scale bring a whole host of additional complexities.

“We extended the capacity of our in-house cryogenic testing facilities and developed robust operating procedures to ensure that the valves progress through production safely and efficiently. Manoeuvring valves of this size safely requires the coordinated operation of two cranes, so we needed to plan well and work closely with our sub-contractors."

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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