Walton temperature control valves have been selected for a demanding application at the El Merk oilfield in the Algerian Sahara. This is a remote, harsh and hot desert location where the terrain consists of large interlocking sand dunes.
Walton have supplied valves to control the temperature of lubricating oil systems for eleven massive water injection pumps. These are used to maximise output from the oil and gas wells, which will be critical to the successful operation of the $4bn El Merk field.
The lubricating oil systems have been designed as an integral part of the pump package being provided by Sulzer UK to the main infrastructure project contractor ABB Group. The systems have been incorporated onto the skid of the Sulzer pumps and each is cooled by an off skid, twin-fan airblast cooler in order to cope with the high temperature environment in the El Merk basin.
The Walton valves were supplied fully painted to the specification required by the customer.