The Czech company MSA, a member of Rimera Group, in May completed shipments under a contract to deliver pipeline valves to Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company.
Rimera’s Czech Plant, MSA, Ships Products to Saudi Aramco
The first of two shipments was dispatched to Saudi Arabia in this past February. The shipment comprised eight 36” - 44” diameter Class 600 and 900 ball valves weighing 27 tons each. The second shipment included fifteen 6” - 44” diameter Class 600 and 900 ball valves weighing more than 30 tons each. The contract, worth in excess of € 2.6 million, is exceptional, both for the size of the valves and special pneumatic drives made by LEDEEN.
The valves are intended for a field development project near the town of Shaybah. When the project was brought on-stream in 1998, the Shaybah field had more than fourteen billion barrels in estimated crude oil reserves and 25 trillion cubic feet of gas. The crude is Arabian extra light, a high-quality crude grade with a specific gravity of 42 degrees API and a sulfur content of less than 0.7 percent. The oil reservoir is found at a depth of 1,494 meters and is itself 122 meters thick. The oil pipeline from the Shaybah field to Abqaiq is 638 kilometers long, while the pipelines within the field itself total 735 kilometers in length.
“Saudi Arabia is the largest market in terms of oil and gas production,” Vladimir Kononov, MSA chairman of the board and executive director, said when commenting on the shipments. “The size of the oil reserves accounts for approximately a quarter of total world reserves. In the future, pipeline valves will continue to be used, both for construction of new pipelines and repair of existing ones.”