Aker Develops New Generation of Ball Valve

An agreement covering worldwide sales and marketing as well as the establishment of a new product company are central to Aker Maritime's work on marketing new valve technology. From its head office at Stord, Aker Valves AS is responsible for the design, development and sales of the Aker Klyde valve.

The patented double block and bleed Aker Klyde valve represents a new generation of ball valve with a focus on quality, safety and lifetime. The valve's main characteristic is that it embodies two valves in one. This brings significant savings in weight and number. The valve requires little maintenance, has a long lifetime and low lifetime costs compared with other valves on the market.

For more than a year 14 four-inch 100-bar Aker Klyde valves have been in use on Statoil's Gullfaks A and C platforms. The valves are located in exposed areas subject to high wear and tear, but after a year are still tight. The valve has also been installed on the Statfjord B platform and the Asgard A production ship. Statoil has also ordered 10- and 18-inch 100-bar Aker Klyde valves for Statfjord C. Other oil companies are close to acquiring the Aker Klyde valve for use in their process facilities both offshore and onshore.

The Aker Klyde valve has been developed over the last five-six years, and is one of 11 technologies and products which form Aker Maritime's technology programme. This programme has an investment framework of some NOK 100 million in the next few years.