Babcock Valves in the Tehran Times (Iran Oil Show)

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Babcock Valves in the Tehran Times (Iran Oil Show)
 Babcock Valves participated this May in the 21st Iran Oil Show Exhibit, held in Tehran between the 5th and the 8th.  Our company has been in Iran for 27 years now, and the prospects indicate that this market is going to be very important in the future. Babcock Valves’ stand was honored with the visit of an adviser to the president of the National Petrochemical Company (NPC) of Iran, commissioned to the Ethics in business area (as depicted in the photo).

As the managing director of Babcock Valves, José María Asín, told the Tehran Times, “Iran will play a prominent role in the world in the next decades. I think Iran will change a lot in a positive way and we have to be present here».  Mr. Asín, who has taken part in 15 editions of Iran Oil Show, calificated this year as the best one, due to the presence of more exhibitors and the growing interest of European companies «in exploring the big amount of opportunities the country is offering now.”

Although the financial regulations still face some challenges for business, now that the sanctions period has been put to an end,  Mr Asin said this issue will be resolved and by the end of the year the situation will stabilize.

You can read the full report here.

Iran Oil Show 2016

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Company, Exhibitions, News | Comentarios desactivados en Iran Oil Show 2016

Iran Oil Show 2016

Between May the 5th to 8th, the 21st Iran International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition is taking place at the Teheran International Permanent Fairground, organized by the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC). Babcock Valves is present with its own space in which we show our wide range of gate, globe, non return, ball, butterfly, stop-check and special valves.

This year’s exhibition is taking place over a 70,000 square meters surface, that host 1,600 exhibitors from 40 countries, of different areas of activity, like:

  • Valves & Fittings
  • Chemical Engineering Systems
  • Construction & Engineering Equipment
  • Cryogenic Technology & Equipment
  • Drilling & Downhole Technology
  • Fixed & Floating Offshore Platforms
  • Gas Treatment & Processing
  • Geological, Geophysical & Reservoir Evaluation
  • Heat Exchange Systems
  • Heating / Treating Stress Relief / Heating Equipment
  • Inspection / Testing / Quality Control Equipment
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Offshore Well Equipment & Services
  • Oil & Gas Processing Equipment
  • Oil & Gas Transportation Systems
  • Pipeline Engineering & Equipment
  • Power Generation Pump & Compressors
  • Refining Technologies
  • Safety & Health Equipment
  • Tankage Fabrication
  • etc.

200.000 professional attendants are expected in this edition of the fair.

Japan returns to nuclear power generation

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Japan returns to nuclear power generation

In August this year, the Sendai nuclear plant restarted one of the facility’s reactors, marking Japan’s return to nuclear power generation.

After restarting Sendai-1, the first of the 43 operable reactors in the country, the rest are expected to restart in the coming months or years. Pushing for a return to nuclear energy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the nuclear share target at 22% to 24% of the country’s energy mix by 2030.

The above-mentioned facts confirm Japan’s bid on this type of energy after the shutdown of all nuclear plants completed two years ago, following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

The restart of a reactor that had been shut down was seen in other countries too, although the massive impact of the meltdown in Japan was not experienced anywhere else.

The Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said utmost precautions would be taken for the return to nuclear power generation. Established in 2012, NRA introduced really strict new safety standards, including a number of alternative sources of energy and measures against the risk of earthquakes and tsunamis.

Power-Gen India & Central Asia 2015

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Power-Gen India & Central Asia 2015

Babcock Valves will be attending to the forthcoming POWER-GEN INDIA & CENTRAL ASIA event, co-located with DISTRIBUTECH INDIA, featuring RENEWABLE ENERGY WORLD INDIA & HYDRO VISION INDIA–2015, which is going to be held from May 14-16, 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

There, you will be able to see our wide range of valves: gate, globe, check, butterfly, ball, stop check and special valves.


European Natural Gas prices rose in August

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European Natural Gas prices rose in August

Colder weather, reduced liquefied natural gas (LNG) send-out from terminals into the U.K. gas network and an escalation in the Ukraine/Russia conflict lifted European natural gas prices in late August while day-ahead electricity price trends diverged, according to data just released by Platts, a leading global energy, petrochemicals and metals information provider.

«U.K. spot natural gas prices briefly dipped under 35 pence per therm (p/th) in mid-July, but rose 8% month over month in August to an average 40.60 p/th on the back of cool temperatures and lower LNG supply,» said Platts energy analyst Alex Froley.

Prices of day-ahead natural gas at continental Europe’s most liquid natural gas trading hub – the Dutch TTF – rose 6% last month.

On the back of higher natural gas prices and unexpected outages at EDF Energy’s Heysham and Hartlepool nuclear power plants, U.K. day-ahead power prices in August rose 6% from July.

The Netherlands also saw an increase in the day-ahead power price, up 10% month over month to Eur37.94 per megawatt hour (/MWh).

However, natural gas played a much lesser role in French and German power markets, where strong nuclear, hydro and renewables generation in August drove the Platts Continental Power (CONTI) Index* down 6.36% month over month to Eur27.54/MWh.

This marked the eighth consecutive monthly decline in the CONTI index, which was last seen at current levels in August, 2007.

From your nuclear news. Full article can be read here

Duplex seminar & summit 2014

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Duplex seminar & summit 2014

The 2014 Duplex seminar & Summit will be held 24th & 25th September 2014 at Palazzo dei Congressi in Stresa, Italy.

The 2 day seminar programme is comprised of interactive workshops, meetings, presentations, open discussions – all hosted by reknowned keynote speakers. It will be held in an informal setting, where both suppliers and users can discuss their day-to-day experiences, applications and product developments.

It is the perfect forum to update the global community on the requirements from the end-user industry and the availability of grades and products and to discuss manufacturing and fabrication/welding issues of duplex stainless steels.

This is the platform of 2014 where, materials specialists, scientists, users and product developers from the industry will be invited to present their latest findings in plenary presentations and dedicated focus workshops.

Valve Repair Meeting & Exhibits 2014

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in News | Comentarios desactivados en Valve Repair Meeting & Exhibits 2014

Valve Repair Meeting & Exhibits 2014

Last edition of Valve Repair Meeting & Exhibits, took place in Houston, June 4-6.

The program included targeted sessions, each was designed specifically for an audience of skilled professionals in the valve repair and rebuild industry. Attendees from across the valve repair industry came together to hear a diverse array of topics and to tour three VRC member facilities that feature the latest in valve repair equipment and technology.


The seminar began Thursday morning with a thought-provoking reminder of the need for safety when moving valves. Rod Helm, EHS manager,  pointed out that injuries hurt everyone in the company, so it is essential to be sure that all paperwork is with the valve, make sure you know all of the hazards in the area if you are working on location, and carefully consider everything from attachment points to the footing for cranes.

Blended learning

Judi Camerano of PETEX (The Petroleum Extension Service at the University of Texas) said that while on-the-job training was effective for many years, now there are fewer experienced personnel available to make that possible. This has created an ever-increasing demand for responsive training programs that recognize there are generational and individual differences in the way people learn.

Pressure Seal Maintenance

PJ Gallo of CFM/VR-TESCO centered on when and where pressure seals are used and the differences between soft metal and graphite pressure seals. “While there are many advantages to graphite seals, including superior sealing and easier handling and easier valve disassembly,” he said, “disadvantages include the fact that a leak could easily be catastrophic.”

Valve repair

Paul van Oudenaren, of Watson Valve Services, discussed ball valve repair:  “Before repairing a valve,” he said, “you have to think about different styles. Are you actually using the right valve for that location? You need to define what success means and consider the technical aspects. If a metal seated isn’t the best valve, start there before spending time and money for repair.”

Valve wireless monitoring

Josh Kolenc and Jamie Latshaw, of Farris Engineering, told seminar attendees there are literally hundreds or thousands of relief valves in a plant environment, and relief events occur frequently—resulting in emissions, partly due of the age of refineries. Nowadays, with the advent of wireless technology and Smart PRVs, valves can be monitored and the real time data captured can provide immediate, accurate and defensible emission reports to environmental agencies.

Valve modification standards

According to Glenn Hamilton and Kevin Gentry, of Gulf Coast Modifications, up until the late 1970s, OEMs frowned upon unauthorized valve modifications because of concerns about poor workmanship, personal and/or property damage and potential lawsuits that could come about when valves were modified. However, that has changed drastically, especially with the advent of the valve modification standard—MSS Standard Practice SP-141for Multi-turn and Check Valve Modifications.

You can find more info of the event in a Kate Kunkel article at valve magazine.

Morocco Oil & Gas Summit

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in News | Comentarios desactivados en Morocco Oil & Gas Summit

Morocco Oil & Gas Summit

The Morocco Oil & Gas 2014 Summit, will take place on 7th-8th May 2014 in Marrakech.

The event will present key issues, such as the geological landscape onshore and offshore Morocco, the oil and gas strategy, the legal framework, the international opening approach and more.

For the first time, a senior-levelSummit will be dedicated entirely to Morocco to highlight the country’s untapped potential and reinforce its image of anemerging hydrocarbon market.

Morocco’s oil and gas reserves remain relatively under explored, but the country, geographically close to other important oil andgas producing countries -such as Algeria, Libya or Egypt- logically presents consistent oil-rich geological characteristics.

During the past few years, the country’s geostrategic position at the crossroads of Africa, Europe and the Middle East; as well as favorable free trade agreements and recent seismic data studies; have attested that Morocco has become the new investment hub for oil and gas. The growing interest of oilcompanies in the region confirms that Morocco’s hydrocarbon assets and reserves have a lot of potential.

New non-return valves specific website

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in News | Comentarios desactivados en New non-return valves specific website

We’ve already developed a specific site about non return valves. We invite you to visit it trough www.babcock-check-valves.com.

The great teflon war

Posted by on Ene 10, 2014 in News | Comentarios desactivados en The great teflon war

The great teflon war
The late 1950s saw the introduction of Teflon as a valve material for seals and closure members.
This vintage Dupont ad touts the exemplary properties of Teflon as a membrane material for diaphragm valves. You might call it either the “Great Teflon War” or “The Battle of Massachusetts”
No matter how it’s labeled, however, the victory prize was substantial: rights to the patent for the first functional bidirectional elastomer-seated ball valve.