Rotork awarded valve actuation contract for major new Middle East pipeline network


Rotork awarded valve actuation contract for major new Middle East pipeline network

Rotork has won the contract to supply valve actuators and two-wire digital control systems for the TAKREER Inter-Refineries Pipeline Project, a major new network linking the refineries at Sas-Al-Nakl and Ruwais in the UAE.

The new pipeline system will eliminate the current need to transport products between the two sites by marine tankers, easing shipping congestion in the busy Umm Al Nar Channel, improving environmental protection by removing the risk of pollution and facilitating the construction of an improved infrastructure on Sadiyat Island and the surrounding areas.

Five hundred Rotork actuators will be installed throughout the two parts of the project, involving three 230km pipelines and the expansion of terminal installations at six locations including Abu Dhabi Airport.

Rotork is supplying the latest IQ Pro version of its intelligent electric actuator, complete with integral Rotork Pakscan field control units with eight Pakscan hot-standby master stations in three control room cabinets. The $400 million project specified the use of intelligent motor operated valves connected via multi-dropped, fault tolerant networks in loop configurations to master stations linked to the DCS through redundant serial links. The Rotork Pakscan control system was selected due to its fully redundant, fail-safe operation and ability to control up to 240 actuators over a 20km loop on a single two-wire cable.

The new Rotork IQ Pro actuator features a larger, user-friendly integral display enabling site engineers to commission the valve and download the complete valve history using an improved, intrinsically safe non-intrusive hand held setting tool. This feature enables the contractor and end user to transport valve data from the field to the office for detailed analysis on a PC running Rotork's free IQ-Insight software, facilitating planned maintenance and minimising the risk of unscheduled shutdowns.

Front end engineering and design for the project has been performed by Engineers India Ltd for the Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (TAKREER). The EPC contractor is Dodsal in the UAE and the project management consultant is Tebodin. The Rotork actuators have been ordered by valvemaker Larsen & Toubro Ltd, India and will be locally supported by Rotork's UAE agent Universal Technical LLC.