Flow-Quip Awarded $3 Million Petrobras Contract

Flow-Quip, Inc. has been awarded a $3 million contract to supply up to 250 solar-powered valve actuators for a major pipeline modernization project in Brazil. Milton Fore, Flow-Quip president, said product shipments will begin in December and continue through mid-2002. The actuators will be fitted on full port pipeline ball valves ranging in size up to 20 inches that will be installed in pipelines owned by Petrobras in the Bahia, Seal and Espiritu Santo regions of the country.

Flow-Quip said its solar-powered actuators were designed to operate in areas where traditional commercial electrical power sources don't exist or are unreliable. They can be activated through direct radio, via satellite, wireless radio or a combination of these communications channels and give operators the ability to close valves in five seconds to stop product flows from a pipeline leak or break.

Fore said the contract is one of the largest in Flow-Quip history. To earn it, the company competed against much larger companies from France, the United Kingdom and U.S., but had an advantage because of its experience in similar projects in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador and Argentina, he said.