CCG signed an additional two contracts recently to supply its range of UNITEx and VORTEx marine certified, explosion proof glands to the massive Saudi Aramco Zuluf offshore oilfield expansion project in the Persian Gulf.
The Zuluf Field, a super-giant oil field located in the Arabian Gulf, approximately 40 km off the north-east coast of Saudi Arabia, is undergoing expansion to increase its production capacity.
This fourth phase of the ongoing expansion project includes 12 oil-handling wellhead topsides, two oil tie-in platforms and one electrical distribution platform, while the fifth phase is made up of 12 additional oil-handling wellhead topsides, two oil tie-in platforms, as well as infield pipelines and cables.
The global offshore marine oil and gas industry requires electrical equipment that must not only perform their explosion proof functions but must be able to do so in extremely harsh conditions for the planned design life of the installation which can be up to 30 years.
CCG’s UNITEx gland and VORTEx barrier range of explosion proof glands were selected by the project engineers because of the range was specifically designed tested and independently certified for these harsh environments encountered in the offshore and marine oil and gas industry. In addition to the technical requirements CCG ‘s captive component gland design allows for a much quicker and safer installation procedure whereby critical components such as explosion proof seals and armour locking components cannot be lost or left out during installation.
The VORTEx injection resin barrier gland allows for instant and accurate mixing and injection of a two-part quick setting resin into the bore of an explosion proof gland to seal off any potential explosive gasses from migrating down the interstices of electrical, control and instrumentation cables. An added feature is that the resin fill can be inspected after the termination of the gland onto the cable. This patented injection resin barrier gland design was a world first when first launched by CCG in 2013.
In addition to the stringent tests already required by the IECEx certification scheme, CCG could provide additional independent testing and certification for temperature ranges of -60 to +160°C, superior corrosion resistance of their unique electroless marine grade nickel plating, short circuit and continuous current withstand tests, EMC compatibility tests, deluge protection tests to Shell standard DTS-01, and an IP68 rating of up to 850 meters which allows for installation on submersible ROV’s.
This range of glands also recently received certification to Class NK Japanese Marine standards which is in addition to the American Bureau of Shipping, Den Norske Veritas (Norway) and Germanishe Lloyd (Germany) certification required by the offshore marine industry that CCG has held for many years.