Bestobell Valves Secures first Major Deal following agreement with Global Gas Power Company

12th September 2013

Bestobell Valves, part of the President Engineering Group (PEGL), based in Sheffield, UK, has received its first order from Wärtsilä Gas Power Systems (GPS), the global leader in gas power solutions for the marine and energy markets, based in Finland.

The two companies announced a new partnership agreement in April, which sees Bestobell Valves being the preferred supplier of cryogenic valves for Wärtsilä's market leading LNGPac fuel system. As part of the first order, Bestobell has manufactured 20 cryogenic valves which are a combination of Class 150 manual and pneumatic actuated globe valves - for the fuel system onboard m/v Osfriesland, a vessel which is being converted to run on dual-fuel LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) as well as oil. Bestobell Valves had to work to a very tight deadline to manufacture the valves, by supplying them within an eight week period. m/v Ostfriesland is a car and passenger ferry, owned by Aktien-Gesellschaft -EMS, which sails between Emden and Borkum Island on the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park, an ecologically sensitive UNESCO World Heritage listed area in the North Sea. The retrofit, which is being carried out by Wärtsilä, will significantly reduce the ship's environmental impact, with the dual-fuel engines able to run on LNG as the main fuel, but with the capability to switch to conventional fuels, if necessary. Mark Henley, Managing Director of President Engineering Group, said: -Wärtsilä is an important strategic partner and we look forward to this being the first of many important contracts over the next few years.  We are seeing significant demand for our cryogenic valves for dual-fuel applications, as ship owners work to make their vessels more environmentally friendly.  We were pleased to be able to assist Wärtsilä and our dedicated team worked hard to ensure we could turn this contract around within the short timeframe. Bestobell Valves was chosen as the preferred supplier partner to Wärtsilä due to its technical expertise, quality manufacture and commitment to high levels of customer service in supplying cryogenic valves. Bestobell LNG cryogenic valves are specifically designed for marine applications, which include the very important requirement for the valves to have firesafe properties, whereby all components must be able to withstand temperatures of 925oC (as per the interim IGF code). Bestobell Valves is a world-leader in the manufacture of LNG cryogenic valves, with over 50 years industrial gas experience and 15 years' successfully supplying to LNG marine markets.  Bestobell's Valves are widely used on LNG Carriers, FLNG (Floating Production & Storage Units) and FSRUs (Floating, Storage & Re-gasification Units).  The company designs and produces valves to meet specific requirements in the marine sector and has supplied cryogenic valves to a majority of the major shipyards building LNG Carriers. For more information visit the website www.bestobellvalves.com or call +44 (0) 1142 240000

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