13 December 2017

Valve management system eliminates incorrect valve line-up for tank storage provider

Sofis’s solution ensures customer avoids potential costs of €160,000 a year or more

By preventing incorrect valve line-up with the installation of a valve management system, valve operation specialist Sofis has ensured that a well-known tank storage provider is not exposed to potential costs of €160,000 a year or more.

“Everyone in the oil and gas industry is aware of the risk of incorrect valve line-ups,” commented the customer’s assistant technical manager. “I really appreciate the help of the whole Sofis team in finding us a good solution to accommodate our needs and getting this project ready on time.”

History shows that, during tank storage operations, incidents of miscommunication or accidental operation of the wrong valve(s) can lead to the wrong blend of oil product being loaded into an oil tanker, resulting in product contamination. The clean-up operation following such an incident – labour, waste creation and disposal, cleaning and transport – allied to the indirect costs of environmental impact, tank terminal downtime and damage to the corporate reputation would have led to the company paying a minimum of €160,000 for each incident. Having identified the potential risk and cost associated with incorrect valve line-ups, the tank storage provider was looking for a tailor-made solution.

By combining valve interlocks and a key management system from Sofis with its existing distributed control system (DCS), the customer has eliminated the risk of incorrect valve line-ups. Personnel can no longer accidentally operate the wrong valves, nor overlook any necessary valves. The DCS manages manual valve operations, and the status information of these manual valves is continuously monitored from the control room.

In addition, personnel can now perform multiple valve line-up procedures simultaneously, while valve changeovers are carried out more efficiently.

For more information about Sofis in India, please contact Nitul Sanghvi, Area Sales Manager – India and South East Asia on M: +91 98795 59345, E-mail: nitul.sanghvi@sofisglobal.com, visit www.sofisglobal.com.

About SOFIS:

Netherlocks Safety Systems and Smith Flow Control have merged. Two global leaders in the field of valve operations have joined forces and move on as Sofis. With joint expertise, a united service team and a combined office and partner network, Sofis is bigger and stronger and thus better able to give worldwide support and cater to every market need. Over the last three decades Sofis’s employees have led and developed the interlock market. They have also devised new product segments by continuously bringing new ideas to fruition.

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