Sofis to supply 4,500 valve interlocks to Kuwait

Sofis is to supply 4,500 Netherlock valve interlocks to an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor in Kuwait. It is ‘one of the largest’ valve interlock orders of the last ten years, according to a press release from the valve operations specialist.

The EPC contractor is delivering the first phase of a heavy oil development programme for the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). The interlocks will mainly be fitted to pressure safety valves and pig traps.

Sofis’ local engineering support capability was apparently a key consideration when the company was chosen for the project. Sofis has a regional office in Dubai, allowing close coordination between it and other project teams on the heavy oil development programme.

The Kuwait Oil Company project covers greenfield and brownfield facilities, including engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning, start-up, and operations and maintenance work for the main central processing facility (CPF) and associated infrastructure, as well as the production support complex. This includes a 162-km pipeline to transport the heavy crude from the CPF to the South Tank Farm located in Ahmadi.

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