Fort Vale has launched a new high-pressure version of its Safeload API coupler to complement its existing range. It is aimed at applications that demand up to 16 bar internal pressure on the rack and 10 bar when coupled.
Safeload was the first, and remains the only coupler with extended 'wrap around' latches that follow the profile of the API adaptor, covering over 50% of the circumference. This feature ensures maximum safety and security of connection, drastically reducing any risk of product leakage. In comparison to conventional narrow triggers, the increased surface area contact significantly reduces wear to both the latches and the adaptor, which prolongs the serviceable life of both units.
The existing model has been re-engineers to withstand the high pressure application. The spindle, crank and poppet have been re-designed to offer greater inherent strength and reduced turbulence, which enhances flow characteristics. Additionally, the new coupler has a smaller 'active pressure area' and a dual seal system, which reduces the effect of product displacement, making it easier to close the coupler against a retained line pressure.
The coupler also incorporates a new additional safety feature, the interlock latch, which is designed to eliminate accidental actuation of the coupler in case of lateral impact, thereby preventing the risk of product spillage. The interlock latch will be a key element of all the current range of semi-automatic and manual couplers by 2016.
To replicate the endurance testing previously carried out on the standard semi-automatic Safeload, the high-pressure coupler is currently undergoing 250,000 cycles where it is pressurised with fluid to 16 bar in the disconnected position, de-pressurised, connected to the adaptor and opened, pressurised with fluid to 10 bar, closed, de-pressurised and de-coupled. 175,000 cycles constitutes approximately five years of service at four operations per hour, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, representing a 'busy' terminal. At regular intervals, the coupler was removed and disassembled to monitor any wear and no significant wear is evident on critical components. The amount of liquid loss on disconnection has been measured and, over 100 cycles, is 74% less than the regulation permitted 5cc, which is based on just three consecutive disconnects.
No leakage from the sealing areas or castings was detected in various cycle and pressure pneumatic tests.
Euan Fisher, business development manager for Petroleum Transfer Products, says: 'One of our European clients has 150 Fort Vale couplers in service and has had zero maintenance issues after seven years of constant heavy use. The product comes with a three year warranty.
Europe-based Symex is one of the most innovative suppliers of activated carbon adsorption vapour recovery systems and the inventor of the revolutionary dry screw vacuum regeneration technology.
Many companies have copied the Symex technology, but unfortunately not always with the highest levels of success. Symex aims to support the end users of the technology to make these systems function properly and satisfactorily.
Symex technology, if installed and maintained properly, represents numerous advantages:
- Energy consumption is reduced to a minimum by using frequency controlled vacuum pumps enabling a flexible vacuum capacity proportional to the mass of hydrocarbon to be treated.
- The dry screw technology allows treatment of a wide range of hydrocarbons molecules as present in the vapours of petrol, diesel, naphtha, aromatic products, crude oil, alcohols, etc.
- The lifetime of the activated carbon is improved due to the controlled regeneration technology, which provides a balanced hydrocarbon charge on the carbon in adsorption and regeneration phase. In combination with an improved and proprietary vapour distribution system inside the activated carbon beds the dust-formation is limited to a minimum.
- The systems are simple, compact and easy to operate and maintain.
Emco Wheaton's upgraded Dataplus II M353 Series cabinet is set to revolutionise the process of loading and unloading road tankers.
The new metering system consolidates multiple pieces of equipment traditionally mounted around a road tanker into a single cabinet allowing for more efficient installation and operator use.
The Electronic Pump Metering System (EPMS) is designed so that operators spend less time walking around the truck completing their tasks, which saves time and minuses the opportunity for trip accidents. It also improves the aesthetics of the trucks.
Tom Cunningham, regional sales manager says: 'We have been working closely with our tank builder partners for many years and their input was the catalyst for this new approach. They wanted a more operator friendly design that did not compromise the tanker robustness and was visually appealing for their clients.'
Designed for tankers with up to the five compartments, the M535 Series control cabinet is intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres of Zone 1.
The modular stainless steel construction can be configured for a range of different compartments allowing for future upgrades. A self-latching mechanism means that operators do not need to carry a key for the cabinet.
Ergil has conducted a comprehensive engineering, design, material supply and fabrication project.
Awarded by Rafidain Oil Services Co – Jurmat Group of Companies, the new flow tanks EPC project involved the construction of dome roof flow tanks and three ASME U stamped flow tank degasser units to Zubair Degassing Station, Hamar Degassing Station and Rafidiya Degassing Station.
Thought to be the largest oil field in Iraq – Zubair is undergoing significant development and as a result the oil produced is expected to reach unprecedented levels. The projects involves the refurbishment of the existing plants, which included Ergil designing, manufacturing and fabricating dome roof flow tanks and flow tank degasser units.
Vice president of commerce Riza Altunergil says: 'Having already established itself in the Iraq region, this project is a feather in the cap of ERGIL as it is able to utilise the experience it has in this region.
'Furthermore, it has been successful in turning this opportunity into a business achievement for the organization as well as for its partner – ROSCO a Jordanian company specializing in the oil and gas sector and which has been awarded EPC contract work for the installation of new flow tanks.'
Two large petroleum storage tanks are being constructed in Gdańsk, Poland by Belgian company Gedolf.
The company is providing a significant portion of the country's first port terminal's total storage capacity with the construction of two new double-walled tanks – each with a capacity of 62,500 m3 out of a total capacity of 700,000 m3.
PERN 'Przyjaźń' Group is investing €200 million into the project and it is anticipated that the storage tanks will be brought into use at the end of 2015. The project will safeguard supplies of crude oil, liquid fuels and chemicals in the region.
Krzysztof Marek Diduch, managing director for Engicon Poland, a branch of Geldof, says: 'This terminal is strategically very important for Poland.
'Poland is currently reliant on crude oil supplies from Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union. The country has limited possibilities for producing its own crude oil, but this terminal means Poland can now import crude oil from all over the world. The storage tanks will safeguard the energy supplies for the entire region.'
The terminal is being built close to Poland's second largest refinery Lotos. The Gdańsk refinery is also one of the largest in Eastern Europe.