|Company:||OPAL Gas Transport Pipeline – Gascade|
|Situation:||Heavy leakage of a large bore Single Isolation Valve|
|Result:||Providing a safe work area downstream of the valve|
Gascade is a JV between Gazprom and Wintershall. Gascades operates a number of gas transport pipelines. One of them is the OPAL, or Baltic Pipeline. The OPAL connects the North Stream pipeline landing point in North Eastern Germany with the Czech republic.
The pipeline has a diameter of 56″ (or 1.400 mm) and an max operating pressure of 100 bar. One of the valve stations was suffering from a severe passing single full bore ball valve. Greasing has been tried multiple times but did not provide the desired effect, and the severe leakage persisted.
Gascade requested Valvetight if the vacuum technology would work on such a very heavily passing single valve. Valvetight developped a high capacity model of the DBB-SAVER specifically for this case, to be sure the leak rate could be handled. This DBB-SAVER was connected to the body cavity vent and successfully achieved to create a vacuum-lock between both seats, granting a safe work area downstream of this valve.
The DBB-SAVER technology was since then approved for future use also within Gascade.