Large Diameter Seal Production Facility Opens at Kontich, Belgium
Omniseal Solutions™ opens 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, the business aims to strengthen service to the energy sector for applications such as FPSO turret swivels, large engineered valves, 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 - Energy 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 Omniseal Solutions™ strategic plan to offer global support to meet emerging oil and gas market requirements and technology demands. In September 2015, the world's first subsea gas compression station became operational in the Åsgard field offshore Norway using their Omniseal® spring-energized 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.
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