Giant actuator order for Pluto
Rotork Fluid Systems is supplying nine huge pneumatic actuators to operate ISO Class 900 16 inch and 36 inch ball valves at an LNG production plant in Australia.
The GP350 model scotch-yoke actuators have been ordered from the Rotork Fluid Systems factory in Lucca, Italy. They will be installed on the onshore LNG production plant attached to the Pluto and Xena offshore gas fields, located in the Carnarvon Basin, north-west of Karratha in Western Australia. A 36 inch trunkline will bring gas to shore from five subsea wells, where it will be dehydrated, treated and undergo liquefaction at a forecast production rate of 4.3 mtpa. Production is expected to start in late 2010. The engineering, procurement and construction management contractor on the project is a Foster Wheeler led joint venture.
The GP350 order is the latest of a number received by companies in the Rotork Group for the Pluto offshore and onshore facilities, encompassing fluid power and electric valve actuators.