Severn were approached at a external technology event, to assist in engineering a solution for a Onshore Oil & Gas client based in the MEA region that was having severe issues with multi-stage trim Flow Control valves failing after only a matter of weeks installation.
The images to the right are of one of the competitors multi-stage trim Flow Control valves that had failed after a few weeks of installation. As you can see the level of erosion and cavitation is extremely severe and highlighted how demanding the application was due to dealing with fluids such as formation water, produced water, saline, sand, and dissolved gas flowing through the valve.
Identifying the Challenges
After extensive conversations with the client, it was agreed that Severn would provide a high-performance Flow Control valve for this bespoke application issue. One of the initial challenges set by the client was the challenging acceptance criteria for what would pass as success or failure for the valves performance.
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