What to Do When There Is A Valve Shutdown?

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It is very unlikely to wake up in a day, and the world of KP-LOK valves is gone! Giving the huge investment by oil and gas, food and beverages and a host of other heavy dependence on the valve like the automobile, water resources, and other fluid flow control industry, what will humanity do without valves? This question is indeed thinking out of the box to imagine what a world without valves for a second will be like. I know this is unthinkable, and it won’t just happen, but if we take a step backward and visualize the future of humanity living without valves, how are we going to react to the reality of living without valves?

 While we can’t accept the reality of ever going to live without valves, can we think of a situation where a piping system turned volatile, and we have to activate emergency shutdown to remedy the ugly situation? Perhaps this is more acceptable as it is a fact of life where the unexpected just happened, and we have to deal with it. Imagine for a moment a fluid flow industry with a long pipeline transporting large quantities of hydrocarbons under high pressure. The amount of gas being moved in a 150km pipeline at 100 bar is over 600,000kg. This is a huge amount of energy release in case of a pipeline rupture, and it poses risks of high magnitude to personnel, people and any human settlement along its path. When an accident occurs, this will assume a catastrophic dimension if there is no way to stop it as soon as the accident is detected.

 When such incidence of this nature is detected, unless there is provision for a shutdown, well planned at strategic points along the pipeline, nothing can prevent the outburst of a huge disaster. Therefore, the only solution to prevent serious crises aftermath of the pipeline rupture is with valve shutdown exigency plan in place.

 Valve shutdown

This is a crucial safety measure in many process plants that happen both onshore and offshore. Valve shutdown is a design planned to avert potential danger should the unexpected happened in the life cycle of a plant. Apart from handling crises period, valve shutdown is useful for carrying out plant maintenance without disrupting the entire process.

 How to achieve successful plant shutdown

Turnaround maintenance, another name for plant shutdown, will involve valve maintenance planning, spare equipment replacement, maintenance and spare parts replacement. This can take place as an emergency procedure or a predictive maintenance procedure.

 Features and benefits of a successful shutdown

  • Tight shut-off
  • Fire-safe
  • Fast-acting
  • Manual and automatic release options
  • Rugged design
  • Custom-configurations
  • Certified Safety Integrity Level (SIL) per IEC 61508
  • It is capable of local and remote partial stroke test

 What to Do When There Is A Valve Shutdown?

Achieving successful shutdown system requires using the right valves and setup to build foolproof disaster prevention mechanism to secure oil and gas installation from accidents. However, this is the call of professional pipeline installer with the skill and experience to design and build reliable shutdown system. Also, relying on a supplier with experience and knowledge on implementing shutdown project is one way to beat guesswork and tap from on the job experience that such supplier brings to the table.