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Meeting the challenges of deep water drilling
Oil wells drilled in deep waters typically face many difficulties with pressure, so it is critical that the valves controlling processes in this environment are able to handle extremely high pressures. Speed and accuracy of opening the relief valve are essential to keep the riser pipes from freezing. Also, it is paramount that the burst must be replaced as quickly as possible to prevent the flow of methanol/chemical fluids to the wellhead from being stopped or plugged.
One recent innovation to help address these issues is an angle valve that has been designed without the typical spring relief. The rupture pin valve is designed to hold a bubble-tight, closed position and is unaffected by pulsating pressure or changing ambient temperatures, which can change quite suddenly and unexpectedly with offshore drilling. MORE
Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Receives HAF604 Registration Confirmation from China’s NNSA
Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company announced that its Enertech business unit has received confirmation of its registration with China’s National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA), in accordance with HAF604 regulations. The HAF604 certification is required for all equipment and components that are designed and manufactured outside of China. MORE
Spirax Sarco Named Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2013 Product of the Year Finalist MORE
Emerson Supplying Algiers Refinery Upgrade Project MORE
Pentair Valves & Controls Opens Australian Assembly and Configuration Center MORE
END USER INDUSTRIES
EPA Delays Indefinitely Rule to Curb Emissions from New Power Plants
The EPA’s deadline for placing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission limits on new fossil-fueled power plants has now passed without action being taken. In a recent email, EPA spokeswoman Alisha Johnson said, “We are working on the rule, and no timetable has been set,” and “We continue to review the more than 2 million comments we have received on the rule.” MORE
North American Shale Energy Resources Driving Ethylene Resurgence MORE
China to Overtake U.S. as Largest Oil Importer MORE
Arkansas Pipeline Leak Could Be Worse Than Initial Estimates MORE
GE to Build Oil & Gas Research Center in OK MORE
MANUFACTURING & THE ECONOMY
ASCE’s New Report Card Bumps the Nation’s Infrastructure Grade Up to a D+
The ASCE 2013 Report Card gives the nation’s infrastructure an overall grade of D+, showing slight progress from the D in the last report card issued in 2009. It’s the first time since ASCE started producing report cards in 1998 that the grades rose overall and in several sectors. MORE
March Jobs Data Countered by April Jobless Figures MORE
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrowed in February MORE
U.S. Manufacturing Output Declined in March MORE
ASCO Offers Composite Solenoid Valves. The new 212 Series of composite solenoid valves incorporates the new FasN™ universal connection system and is designed specifically for water purification and conditioning systems in commercial and industrial applications. MORE
What’s the Word on the Water and Wastewater Markets?
In November 2012, a valve was opened at the Chippawa end of the Niagara Tunnel Project, the third hydro tunnel under the city of Niagara Falls. That one valve, which allowed water to flow into an intake area to bring more water to Ontario’s Sir Adam Beck hydroelectricity facility, will generate enough additional electricity to power about 160,000 homes. MORE
Coming in the spring issue of VALVE Magazine…
The History of Valves
VALVE Magazine is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Valve Manufacturers Association through the History of Valves column penned by industry historian and regular magazine contributor Greg Johnson of United Valve. Johnson started the column with the Winter 2012 issue when he reached back to the very founding of the industry to remember the origins of standards, coverage of the types of materials that have gone into valves and actuators, the competition over Teflon, valves in WW II and, this spring, the intriguing story of pressure valves. Stay tuned this summer for the history of control valves and the conclusion of the series in our special fall anniversary issue. MORE
Valves & Actuators 101:
May in Orlando, June in Houston
Industry newcomers and others who need a refresher course or overview of valves, actuators and controls can sign up now for the Valve Manufacturers Association’s one-day 101 seminar. The class will be conducted at two locations and in conjunction with two different industry events.
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Reliability & Maintenance Conference & Exhibits features VMA’s 101 course on Tuesday, May 21, 9 am to 5 pm, as part of the Professional Development curriculum. It will take place at the Marriott Orlando World Convention Center. The program and registration information can be found on the AFPM.org website.
Valve World Americas Expo & Conference has scheduled the 101 course for Monday, June 24, 9 am to 5 pm, the day before the official opening of the event. Attendees are also invited to view the exhibits on June 25 or 26. Both the course and the show take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Information about the program and registration is on the Valve World Americas website.
The registration fee for either course is $450, which includes a certificate of completion and copies of slides, along with lecture notes. Individuals interested in a longer and more comprehensive course—which includes hands-on product demonstrations, a tabletop exhibit and expanded coverage—may wish to attend the two-day Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits, Nov. 6-7, in New Orleans. Registration will open on VMA.org by May 1.