Saudi Aramco’s Process and Control Systems Department (P&CSD) recently commissioned Severn Glocon Group to provide control valve training for a number of engineers from various plants around the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The training was hosted in Jubail at the workshop and office complex of Binzagr, a Severn Glocon Group agent. It began with a general introduction to control valve technologies and also covered real examples of valve retrofit solutions the Group has devised to overcome difficult applications.
Topics ranged from control valve trim styles and pressure recovery characteristics to overcoming problem applications and managing issues surrounding cavitation, velocity, noise and vibration.
Three Saudi Aramco case studies were covered in detail. These included the development of control valves which solved severe erosion and blockage issues associated with black powder; flare valve retrofits which provided lasting shut-off integrity to overcome leakage issues; and a water injection pump recycle solution for high pressure let down of contaminated and gaseous water, avoiding erosion and cavitation.
Delegates had the opportunity to ask questions regarding problem applications at their own plants and also witnessed valve factory testing and calibration activities.
“Saudi Aramco’s P&CSD team provides specialist, high level technical services and consultation to the wider Saudi Aramco network,” says Severn Glocon Group’s Director of Technical Services, Tony Brooke. “The engineers we trained will deal with challenging control valve applications on a regular basis. Saudi Aramco’s decision to approach us to provide this training underlines their confidence in our valve technologies and aftermarket capabilities.”