Series F/FE Flange Floating Ball Valve Aids Oil & Gas Industry with Emissions Compliance

(January 20th 2014)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK,  – CIRCOR Energy recently completed realistic fugitive emissions testing that enables users to select valves that will meet Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) minimum performance standards.

If you are a natural gas well facility, centrifugal compressor facility, reciprocating compressor facility, oil production segment or storage vessel facility that has to comply with environmental regulations for fugitive emissions, you know how important it is to select valves that will meet or exceed VOC fugitive emission limits.  But without data, selecting the correct valve to meet the minimum performance standards can prove difficult, until now.

CIRCOR Energy has removed the guess work; and now the selection of valves is based on actual performance data obtained using realistic testing that provides VOC results in ppm levels of hydrocarbons, and includes multiple thermal and mechanical cycles at the valves’ maximum temperature rating.  This testing and associated VOC data allows CIRCOR to understand how a valve is likely to perform once in service, and most importantly in the customer’s application.

To accomplish this, testing has to be done at the valve’s maximum temperature rating and representative of the application temperature that is likely to be found in the field.  Testing must be done on methane gas; to provide end users the needed data that directly addresses the emissions they are concerned with.  Multiple temperature and mechanical cycles must also be used.  CIRCOR chose the protocol and product testing scope outlined in API-622 to determine the performance capability of the series F/FE flanged floating ball valve.  API-622 protocol defines 1510 mechanical cycles with 5 thermal cycles which we defined as the maximum rating of the valve, at 350°F.

Testing was performed on six different sizes and classes of CIRCOR Series F & FE flanged valves to determine the valve performance standards; achievement of leakage rates below 100 ppm categorizes a valve as “low leaking” as defined by the EPA.  Results; the average leakage for all 6 tests was below 10 ppm with a maximum leakage not exceeding 100 ppm at any point throughout the test.

The CIRCOR Series F/FE floating flange ball valves, in sizes and classes listed below, have produced test results worthy of consideration whether part of a formal LDAR program or simply to control the fugitive emissions at your site.  

CIRCOR Model Sizes Class
Series F & FE 1FP – 12RP 150
Series F & FE 1FP – 10RP 300
Series F & FE 1FP – 8RP 600
Series F & FE 1FP 900 & 1500
Series F & FE 2FP & 2RP 900

Talk to a CIRCOR representative today to learn more about our low leaking valve technology and how it will perform in your applications.

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About CIRCOR Energy
CIRCOR Energy is a market-leading, global provider of integrated flow control solutions in the expanding and evolving energy industries. CIRCOR Energy specializes in highly engineered valves and pipeline products and services, for critical and severe service applications in the oil and gas, and power and process markets.

Comprised of best-in-class, historically significant product brands, we consistently satisfy our customers’ mission-critical application needs by developing and utilizing advanced technologies that can withstand extreme temperatures and pressures – from land-based and sub-sea applications, to power generation, and in between.

In competitive markets, CIRCOR Energy is recognized for its unmatched commitment to operational excellence and innovation, manufacturing and applications expertise, focus on customer needs and its ability to align our business processes with theirs.