STOCKHOLM, Sweden—Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has opened a dedicated, climate-controlled swivel stack inspection facility in the Netherlands for the validation of custom seals for the oil and gas market.
It also has unveiled new elastomers aimed at the oil and gas industry, while Trelleborg's oil and marine hose business has launched a new line to handle floating liquefied natural gas extraction.
Trelleborg's new global seal inspection plant is based in Barendrecht, Netherlands, and provides a temperature controlled environment to avoid fluctuation in the dimensions of the seals caused by climate changes, the firm said.
In addition, the center has specialist storage racks allowing seals to be acclimated prior to inspection, and a bespoke inspection table has been installed upon which seals up to 3,000 millimeters can be measured, aided by special lighting.
“The new facility is the only one of its kind within Trelleborg and services our global swivel stack customer base,” said Barry Clough, marketing manager for Trelleborg Sealing Solutions U.K. He said the complex is dedicated to the inspection and validation of only large diameter Floating Production Storage and offloading swivel stack seals.
A permanent staff is in place at the site, a spokeswoman said, “with the best technology on hand to visually inspect seals in offshore applications.”
One of the Trelleborg A.B. group of companies, the firm added the facility to help ensure Floating Production Storage and Offloading operators achieve the highest possible quality for their components, according to Henk-Willem Sanders, technical manager for oil and gas and FPSO Focus Group leader.
The FPSO Focus Group, comprised of a team of experts trained to inspect specialist seals, operates the plant with a staff of four full-time members, Clough said.
“Oilfield operators need to be confident about their equipment,” he said. “If a seal fails during an operation, this can lead to lost production revenues amounting to millions of dollars.”
Clough said the quality of seals for the company's customers “is of the upmost importance, and we are continually striving for excellence, which is why we have launched this dedicated seal inspection and validation facility.
“Typical FPSO seals are from 11 millimeters up to 2,000 millimeters in large cross sections,” he said. “The controlled environment, in combination with the fact that large diameter seals can be inspected, gives our customers unrivalled reassurance when selecting a seal partner.”