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Bestobell Marine breaks into the re-liquefaction market

Bestobell Marine, a world leading supplier of cryogenic globe and check valves for ships, has secured two new high profile contracts for its cryogenic globe and check valves.

The valves are to be fitted in the LNG (liquefied natural gas) re-liquefaction systems that will be installed on two LNG carriers being built at HHI (Hyundai Heavy Industries) shipyard in South Korea for Knutsen OAS Shipping of Norway. Similar systems will also be installed on two sister ships being built by Imabari Shipbuilding Group in Japan for Elcano.

This is the first time that Bestobell Marine has supplied its globe and check valves for LNG re-liquefaction applications. The company has previously supplied cryogenic globe and check valves for re-gasification systems, including for the five Hoegh FSRUs (Floating Storage Regasification Units) that have been constructed at HHI shipyard.

Bestobell Marine’s cryogenic globe valves are fully fire-safe and leak-free, based on a proven design that has been used by the company for over a decade for LNG ship applications.

Duncan Gaskin, Sales Director for Bestobell Marine, said: “This is a very exciting contract win which could lead to new opportunities for our valves within LNG re-liquefaction. Because we have the expertise in the marine sector, including working with all the major Classification Societies, our customers can be assured that the valves they receive meet all the required standards and are fully fit for purpose.”

Bestobell Marine has over 35,000 cryogenic valves fitted on ships and has recently developed a brand new range of high pressure globe valves that are fitted in LNG fuel gas systems for MAN ME-GI engines, where natural gas is injected into the engine at over 300bar pressure. MAN has sold over one hundred of this type of engine in the past two years and this is driving a rapid increase in demand for high pressure cryogenic valves for these fuel gas systems. Bestobell Marine is playing a major role in meeting the challenge created by this demand with its new range of high pressure valves.

21 April 2015

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