Norway: Control Valves Yokogawa Acquires Advanced Chemical Injection Provider
Yokogawa Electric Corporation acquired Techinvent2, a Norwegian enterprise that holds the rights to Fluid Com, a chemical injection metering valve (CIMV).
Amersfoort/The Netherlands — Fluid Com prevents blockages and corrosion in oil wells, pipelines, and other facilities and employs a patented technology for thermal control. It incorporates the functions of a mass flowmeter, control valve, and valve controller.
The valve has already been delivered to several international oil and gas majors. Yokogawa will now target delivery of this solution to the oil and gas upstream and midstream sectors.
With the acquisition, the company intends to strengthen their focus on the oil and gas industries as well as its solutions targeting the upstream and midstream sectors. This follows the acquisition of KBC Advanced Technologies in April 2017.
Commenting on the acquisition of this company, Shigeyoshi Uehara, head of Yokogawa’s IA Products and Service Business Headquarters, says: “Fluidcom will improve flow assurance, which is a key concern of our customers in the oil and gas industry, and it will make a major contribution to their operations by helping them not only improve production efficiency and reduce operational costs, but also enhance HSE. The combination of Fluidcom, KBC’s simulation technology, and Yokogawa field devices will allow us to expand the range of our upstream and midstream solutions and enable the delivery of value in new ways to our customers."
At oil wells and pipelines, efforts to ensure a secure oil flow path (flow assurance) play an important role in maintaining production efficiency. The adherence of various chemical substances to the inside walls of a pipe can reduces its internal diameter and causes corrosion. To prevent the accumulation of substances and corrosion, certain chemicals must be injected in the pipes. Improving the efficiency of this process is a major challenge in the upstream and midstream sectors.
Chemical injection valves have traditionally been manually operated in the upstream sector, although there are cases where chemical injection has been automated using an actuated solution. In the former case, the valves must be frequently opened, closed, and adjusted by plant personnel. This is costly as it necessitates the hiring of additional staff, and it is work that must be done under very harsh environmental conditions in the field.
Inaccurate and unstable dosing of chemicals leads to additional operational costs and challenges with specific processes. To address and resolve such problems, there is an increasing demand for integrated automatic injection solutions that perform stably and offer a high level of precision in the dosing.
Fluid Com’s CIMV has a design which is based on a patented technology, providing integrated flow control and metering using a combination of material and thermal effects. The valve control is a fully automated device that performs autonomous valve control and continuous flow metering. The device is able to stably inject chemicals in the required small amounts. It has few moving parts and has proven to be an accurate, reliable solution for the control of chemical injection applications. No regular maintenance is required and remote control features are provided.