An Aberdeen based engineering company has won a top award for innovation after developing a new – and literally – bolt-on solution to the problem of heavily corroded flange joints which could save oil and gas operators substantial sums in asset maintenance and pipe integrity.
The Equalizer Flange Integrity Systems (EFIS), part of the Equalizer Group, was recognised for the world-leading innovative design of a new system which will benefit the global oil and gas industry, when it won the Grampian Award for Innovation at the Elevator Awards in the UK.
The Xtegrity system, developed in response to an industry-wide problem in the oil and gas sector, provides a unique solution for dealing with heavily corroded or degraded bolts in flange joints on offshore and onshore installations.
It takes away the need to remove corroded bolts by “replacing” them with a new set of bolts which clamp around the outside of the flange and are held in place with a ‘floating’ frame (pictured above).
Of particular relevance to ageing assets such as those in the North Sea, it provides a solution to the problem through a system which is safer, more efficient and more cost effective that anything else on the market. Xtegrity can reduce the time required to carry out work from days to hours, resulting in potentially huge savings across the energy sector.
The Award presented by Elevator (previously known as the Grampian Awards for Business Excellence) went to EFIS for demonstrating that innovation was at the core of its current and future success.
“This is a great achievement for the company and we are delighted to accept this prestigious award,” said Alan Morrison, General Manager of EFIS. “The Xtegrity Flange Integrity System has significant operational and commercial benefits with the potential to revolutionise the market.
“This is a safe, cost-effective and budgetable solution which can significantly reduce or eliminate the need to shutdown in order to carry out necessary work.”
The Equalizer Group comprises Equalizer International, the parent company which is headquartered in Aberdeen and two new divisions established earlier this year – Equalizer Americas Inc headquartered in Houston, and Equalizer Flange Tool Innovation Asia Co Ltd., based in Taiwan.