A leading international valve expert and specialist in the oil and gas sector will be one of the speakers at the prestigious 2013 Valve World Asia conference being held in Suzhou, China, in September.

Phil Keating, Business Development Director for the Energy sector at Norgren, a market leader in pneumatic motion and fluid control technology, will discuss the issues surrounding the filtration of compressed gas and air on offshore rigs.

Valves used on offshore rigs to control multiple processes are frequently powered by compressed hydrocarbon gas, carrying contaminants that can damage critical downstream equipment. Common casualties are chemical injection pumps, analytical equipment, proportional controls on valve positioners, gas detection systems and dryers.  Because of the level of damage that can be caused, many OEMs and end users are tightening specifications to require oil removal filtration. 

Mr. Keating, who has spent the past decade specialising in product development for Norgren will outline some of the challenges faced in keeping equipment operating reliably and discuss recent advances in filter design that help meet those challenges.

He explains,  “Properly filtering compressed gas or air to remove particulates can prevent many of the problems, but the operating environment on an offshore rig presents other challenges, including adverse ambient conditions and the difficulty of scheduling maintenance and repairs. These challenges are amplified by the high cost of failure of a rig.  At Norgren, we have been developing robust and innovative solutions to these problems and I will be outlining some of the advances being made globally.”

Held on September 11th and 12th, the conference runs alongside the Valve World Asia Expo, which takes place in the Suzhou International Expo Centre.  It provides a meeting point for valve professionals from around the world, attracting more than 7,000 international visitors and conference participants.  One of a number of international industry experts, Phil Keating will be speaking during the design session scheduled for Wednesday September 11th.