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IMI Truflo Rona delivers 22 inch 'monster' valve in just 16 weeks

Location:Brazil

Division:IMI Critical Engineering

Date:March 2015

This huge valve’s ultimate destination was Cidade de Ilhabela, a floating oil production, storage and off-loading unit (FPSO), operated by Petrobras. The FPSO went into production in November 2014 at the Sapinhoá field in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil. Cidade de Ilhabela has a processing capacity of 150,000 barrels of oil and 212m standard cubic feet of natural gas per day.

A Dutch company that specialises in upstream oil & gas projects procured the valve for SBM Offshore, the owner of the Cidade de Ilhabela, to replace an existing valve from another manufacturer that was leaking. SBM decided to re-use the existing actuator made by ATC, so the challenge for the IMI Truflo Rona team was to design new actuator connections as per the existing valve.

The order, worth over €100,000, was placed on 1 December 2014, with a requested delivery date of 20th March 2015. Despite the challenging timescale, including the Christmas holiday period, the valve was designed, manufactured, tested and delivered on time.