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Saint-Gobain Seals opens seal production facility, Belgium

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Saint-Gobain Seals has opened a new large diameter seal production facility at its Kontich, Belgium site in order to improve quality and reduce lead-times significantly for large diameter, polymer OmniSeal® seals. The dedicated area includes a new compression-molding press, sintering ovens, a large diameter CNC lathe, bespoke flexible forming and welding technology for Meldin® 5301 PEEK based components, special transportation racks and a large table for assembly and inspection.

Christophe Valdenaire, Global Market Manager - Oil & Gas, commented: “The opening of our large diameter production cell is an important step forward in our efforts to offer our customers sealing solutions that deliver a consistent level of performance even in large diameters up to 3000 mm (118 inch). Our large diameter seals can be delivered with full material qualification, including NORSOK M-710 and certification according to API 6A PSL3 level.”

The compression station is a move towards powering processing technologies on the seafloor. This could lead to new possibilities regarding the extraction of hydrocarbons in deeper, harsher waters.

Saint-Gobain Seals continues to design and manufacture critical sealing parts to provide precise fit and confidence to customers over the lifetime of the product such as their ISO-15848 compliant, OmniSeal® stem sealing solution, which is targeted to lower fugitive emissions within ON/OFF valves.

Their high-performance sealing solutions are used in demanding conditions from cryogenic to 315°C, 50 000 psi, 10 to 30+ years life and strict industry specifications. Their core competencies include: deep and ultra-deepwater production, high pressure and high temperature, harsh chemicals, Rapid Gas Decompression resistance, long durability at extreme temperature and sour gas concentrations, proprietary Fluoroloy® fluoropolymer compounds qualified to NORSOK M-710 and to API 6A F.1.13 specifications, metal energizers NACE MR01-075 approved alloys for use in sour gas service, cryogenic temperatures and designs compliant with low fugitive emission international standards ISO-15848 and Shell MESC SPE 77-312.

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