Because of this, performance and qualification testing for high-pressure valves is held to an exceptionally high standard. Two of the highest specifications a valve can meet are API 6A and API 17D, which are standards of quality and reliability for critical subsea wellhead “Christmas” tree equipment.
BuTech subsea valves are designed to meet the critical requirements of today’s most severe applications while ensuring the highest quality and most reliable performance for pressure control in the deepest water and harshest environments in the offshore oil and gas industry. As wells have become deeper pressures have increased. Because of this, BuTech continues to make design and performance improvements to meet these challenges.
“We tested our valves in accordance with API specifications 6A and 17D, and in some cases we even raised the bar for certain requirements,” says Scott Reib, Global Product Manager at BuTech, a division of Ingersoll Rand that manufactures high-pressure valves and system components. For instance, the API specifications require 200 “pressure dump” cycles per side for lifecycle endurance testing. We tested the BuTech valves at 600 “pressure dump” cycles per side, in accordance with a customer requirement, delivering on the promise of long-lasting product life and reliability.
“In the case of our sub-sea ball valves, their performance went above and beyond the API specifications and proved peak performance operation in mission-critical applications,” says Reib.
BuTech’s subsea, needle, ball, and block and bleed valves are installed in some of the oil and gas industry’s most challenging applications. From ball valves for onshore and topside applications to subsea valves performing in the harsh environments of the deepest offshore waters, BuTech leads the industry in performance, safety, and reliability.