UK-based pressure control equipment specialist Oxford Flow has launched its IM gas regulator valve to increase reliability and reduce costs for operators in the gas distribution, power generation, industrial gases, and oil and gas industries.
The valve has been launched following a successful trial with gas distribution company SGN, in which the valve has been installed and commissioned easily, regulating gas pressure smoothly with quickly changing demand profiles within an accuracy class of 1.5%.
This accuracy enables utilities and operators to achieve faster network stability on commissioning, even in cases where flowrates vary significantly. Moreover, the compact construction of the valve reduces weight and the need for expensive lifting equipment during installation and maintenance.
The new design from Oxford Flow has removed the diaphragm – which is the most common failure point – as well as the stem and external mechanical actuator. With just one moving part, the valve minimises potential leaks and risk of fugitive emissions.
“This is not only a hugely exciting time for Oxford Flow, but a significant step forward for the valve industry,” commented CEO Neil Poxon. “As many companies across the industries we serve look for ways to minimise costs, this gas regulator enables just that. Our recent valve testing and developments in the UK, Germany and USA have enabled us to improve and perfect the regulator so that we can now roll the technology out to the wider industry with confidence.
“We believe this will be a pivotal moment that has a lasting impact on gas networks in the UK and beyond.”
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