Castrol upgrades UK-based SSSV test facilities

Castrol has upgraded its sub surface safety valve (SSSV) test facilities at its international testing facility in Pangbourne, UK.

Offshore staff

PANBOURNE, UK -- Castrol has upgraded its sub surface safety valve (SSSV) test facilities at its international testing facility in Pangbourne, UK. The company says the upgrade allows it to subject subsea control fluids to the increasingly extreme conditions found in oil and gas exploration.

The facility comprises two purpose-built SSSV test rigs designed to evaluate SSSV and subsea production control fluid performance at pressures of up to 20,000 psi and temperatures in excess of 200° C (392° F). These fixtures are manufactured to the guidelines as defined in OTO 99 001 and incorporate the port, actuator, piston and seals (static and dynamic), and return spring as used in SSSVs. Each fixture is specific to a particular model of SSSV.

10/19/2009

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