GCG Engineering Services, a turnkey solutions and contract services company in the UAE, has inked a distributor agreement with flow control equipment manufacturer Oxford Flow, to offer its pressure-reducing valves and gas pressure regulators to the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) oil, gas and water industries.
With just one moving part, the patented valve technology is 80% lighter than incumbent valves and virtually maintenance-free, which significantly reduces ongoing personnel and equipment costs. The multi-phase oil and gas flow control valve is internally actuated with no ‘stem’, or mechanical actuator – reducing fugitive emission risks and vastly increasing reliability.
Nasir Sharif, general manager at GCG Engineering, said: “This gives GCG Engineering the opportunity to provide state-of-the-art technology to the GCC market – technology that makes a difference to the operations of our customers.The fields of application are numerous as the technology is applicable to almost any mass-flow rate of pressure from very low to extremely high, for example, from breathing apparatus to deepwater oil exploration, and is scalable to any size. It certainly places us at the forefront of solution providers in the country.”
The in-line flow control device can be retrofitted into existing pipework without plant modifications, offering operators cost and time savings. The design does not require re-certification once installed into existing pipework and can be produced in a standard length of pipe, further facilitating storage supply and installation.
Neil Poxon, CEO at Oxford Flow, commented: “We are proud to partner with GCG Engineering as we make our mark in the Middle East. The GCC states are a hive of activity at the moment, particularly in the oil and gas sector.We already have a number of field trials for our oil and gas valve ongoing with major NOCs, as the ease of installation makes it a front-runner in terms of safety and efficiency.”
Oxford Flow’s technology was designed and tested at the Osney Thermofluids Institute research facility at Oxford University. The facility houses some of the most sophisticated turbine and high-speed flow facilities in the UK and hosts a research group comprising internationally recognised experts in computation fluid dynamics flow and heat transfer experiments and instrumentation.
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