In line with the company’s growth initiative the Yorkshire based Specialist Valve Repair Company Provalve has recently with an investment in excess of One million Pounds more than doubled the size of its premises. The new site covers some 25,000 Square Feet with a workshop and offices facility of 15,000 Square Feet. As part of the development they have invested in machinery and plant to develop the Mechanical aspect of the business now offering with Control Valve expertise ‘’best in class’’ Safety/Relief Valve repair services both on and off-site, this service has been extended to include general mechanical valves and on/off applications.
Re structuring of the company has also been undertaken place with the promotion of Mick Brooke to Operations Director.
Dennis Alsancak who has some 40 years experience in the valve industry having during his career worked for many of the leading manufacturers has joined the company in the new position as Sales Director. The company is also increasing its manpower in all other areas in order to back up its growth initiative.
Provalve are a ‘’Fisher Approved Service Provider’’ and has held this prestigious approval for 5 years, our development within Emersons ‘’FASP’’ network now placed Provalve as their No.1 repair associate in the UK and as such our repair model has been rolled out across Europe and Scandinavia. Provalve have also secured a ‘’Black Tie’’ agreement with Flowserve extending to all valve products.
These attributes have enabled Provalve to secure a number long term contracts with a number of UK Oil & Gas, Refining, Power and Petrochemical companies.
UK Services Team Reports Successful Turnaround
at Lindsey Oil Refinery
Lindsey Oil is a Total-owned refinery in North Lincolnshire, England. In Sept. 2011, it began a scheduled turnaround for its fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit. (Many modern FCC units operate 24 hours a day for up to three years between shutdowns for routine maintenance.) The FCC process converts heavy, low-value crude oil to lighter, more valuable products such as high-octane gasoline. Because it involves high temperatures and entrained particulates such as catalyst, the process is tough on control valves. In spite of these process conditions, control valves need to be reliable and provide accurate control, because the FCC process impacts the plant’s overall profitability.
With 500 employees and a production capacity of 200,000 barrels per day, Lindsey is Britain’s third-largest refinery. The FCC unit is one of four units added in the 1980s. Many of its 30-year-old control valves were considered beyond economic repair. The Lindsey-FCC unit also had a number of level instruments creating maintenance problems and no site-wide standard for control valve positioners.
Fisher Sales and Provalve personnel engaged with Lindsey personnel 18 months before the turnaround began. The initial scope for repair was about 350 valves, just over 200 units were scheduled for repair following a repair pricing review with Provalve, Flowserve, Masoneilan, and Metso were removed from the vendors list after the first stage repair bidding. Fisher® valves, especially the GX and easy-e™ styles, rose to the top of the preference list, eventually earning “no equal” status.
Emerson and Provalve ultimately won this turnaround project and orders for general and severe-service valves totaling $1,304,000 USD. Besides the new valves, the Fisher business unit will provide 16 Leveltrol instruments, $432,000 worth of parts, and 34 FIELDVUE™ DVC6200 digital valve controllers with safety-instrumented system (SIS) capabilities. FIELDVUE instrument diagnostics will support linkage-less position feedback and partial-stroke testing. The team replaced an AA-body in HFA (hydrofluoric acid) service and supplied ANSI 600 valves in various sizes for other process loops.
Refineries like the Lindsey Oil facility in the United Kingdom (shown above) produce high-octane gasoline from heavy crude oil with the help of a Fluid Catalytic Cracker (FCC) unit. Emerson engineers design and test Fisher® valves to meet tough process conditions and help refiners maximize the profitability of their FCC units.
On finalisation of the valve repair work, the local Fisher Authorized Service Provider (FASP) Provalve Ltd in Huddersfield were awarded a $800,000 project, working closely with Total and Emerson sales personnel on the pursuit and execution. Emerson praised the Provalve team members for how this was executed during the defined outage period. Provalve also provided repair support to 30+ Leveltrol instruments and provided 20 DVC 6200 retrofit solutions as well as providing site decontamination resources for HF valves. “The scope of our service resources, plus Emerson’s good reputation supporting similar turnarounds, gave Lindsey confidence in our products and capabilities.”
The customer was so impressed with the valve monitoring and diagnostic capabilities demonstrated during the turnaround that they’ve made FIELDVUE instruments the “site standard” for all future valve applications.
Speaking for the regional services team, Bob Burndred (Manager, Repair Associates, Fisher-Chatham) said, “The Lindsey project will serve as a good business model for other refinery turnarounds in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe.”