Barendrecht, The Netherlands – Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has opened a climate-controlled swivel stack seal inspection facility for validation of seals in Barendrecht.
The company announced on 6 Jan that the new facility has been set up to help ensure floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) operators achieve higher standards in seal quality.
“The facility provides a temperature-controlled environment to avoid fluctuations in the dimensions of the seals caused by temperature changes, with specialist storage racks allowing the seals to be acclimatised prior to inspection,” the statement said
Also, said Trelleborg, an inspection table has been installed, on which seals up to 3000mm can be measured “with special lighting to aid visual inspection”.
“Oilfield operators need to be confident about their equipment – if a seal fails during an operation this can lead to lost production revenues amounting to millions of dollars,” explained Henk-Willem Sanders, technical manager Oil & Gas and FPSO focus group leader at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.