February 18th, 2016
Saint-Gobain Seals has opened a new large diameter seal production facility at its Kontich, Belgium site in order to further improve quality and reduce lead-times significantly for large diameter, polymer OmniSeal® seals. With this new production facility, Saint-Gobain Seals aims to strengthen the service to the Energy sector for applications such as FPSO turret swivels, large engineered valves, wind turbines, compressors and turbines. The dedicated area includes a new compression-molding press, sintering ovens, a large diameter CNC lathe, bespoke flexible forming and welding technology for Meldin® 5301 PEEK based components, special transportation racks and a large table for assembly and inspection. The state-of-the-art equipment operates in a climatized environment to guarantee optimal dimension consistency throughout the manufacturing process until final shipping.
Christophe Valdenaire, Global Market Manager - Oil & Gas said, “The opening of our large diameter production cell is an important step forward in our efforts to offer our customers sealing solutions that deliver a consistent level of performance even in large diameters up to 3,000 mm (118 inch). Our large diameter seals can be delivered with full material qualification, including NORSOK M-710 and certification according to API 6A PSL3 level.”
The addition of the Kontich production facility follows Saint-Gobain Seals’ strategic plan to offer global support to meet emerging oil and gas market requirements and technology demands. In July 2015, they opened a technical and sales office in Houston, Texas, and in September 2015, the world's first subsea gas compression station became operational in the Åsgard field offshore Norway using Saint-Gobain Seals’ OmniSeal® seals, which were certified for the axial control valves portion of the gas compression systems that will go on stream at a water depth of 3,000 meters. The compression station is a major move forward in powering processing technologies on the seafloor and creating new possibilities to extract hydrocarbons in deeper, harsher waters, further from shore.
Saint-Gobain Seals continues to design and manufacture critical sealing parts to provide precise fit and confidence to customers over the lifetime of the product such as their ISO 15848-1 compliant, OmniSeal® stem sealing solution, which is targeted to lower fugitive emissions within ON/OFF valves. Their high-performance sealing solutions are continually used in demanding conditions from cryogenic to 315°C (600°F), 50,000 psi, 10 to 30+ years life and strict industry specifications. Their core competencies include: deep and ultra-deep water production, high pressure and high temperature, harsh chemicals, Rapid Gas Decompression resistance, long durability at extreme temperature and sour gas concentrations, proprietary Fluoroloy® fluoropolymer compounds qualified to NORSOK M-710 and to API 6A F.1.13 specifications, metal energizers NACE MR01-075 approved alloys for use in sour gas service, cryogenic temperatures and designs compliant with low fugitive emission international standards ISO-15848 and Shell MESC SPE 77-312.
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