Last updateMon, 19 Aug 2019 4pm

United Valve Names Polasek Repair Operations Manager

Donald PolasekUnited Valve is pleased to announce the addition of Donald Polasek to its management team. He will serve as repair operations manager and will oversee all United Valve Repair activities.

Polasek brings 38 years of valve experience to United Valve, including North American service manager at Valvtechnologies. He also has 25 years in repair operations management with Crane Energy Flow Solutions, where he received a lean six-sigma black belt. Polasek currently serves on the board of directors of the Valve Repair Council (VRC).  

Metso Realigns, Names New Valves Business President

Olli Isotalo MetsoMetso has decided that the businesses under the Minerals and Flow Control segments will be further developed separately from each other.

Metso has also appointed Olli Isotalo as President, Valves business area. Isotalo will start in his position on July 15, 2019 and will become a member of the Metso Executive Team. Isotalo has previously served as CEO of Patria Oyj and has held various executive positions at Cargotec Corporation. John Quinlivan, the current President of the Valves business area, will continue as Senior Adviser until the end of 2019 and will support Olli Isotalo during the transition period.

BHGE Wins Valve Lifecycle Management Contract with LUKOIL

BHGE, together with Fluid Control OOD, has been awarded the VLM (Valve Lifecycle Management) contract to provide valve diagnostics and service management for the LUKOIL Burgas Refinery, Residue Hydrocracker unit covering approximately 150 valves. Located on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, the Burgas Refinery has been operating since 1964, and has continuously expanded and optimized operations to produce over 60,000 barrels per day to deliver roughly 10 million tons of annual capacity.

Velan Supplying ITER Nuclear Fusion Reactor

In southern France, 35 nations are collaborating to build the world's largest tokamak, ITER, a magnetic fusion device that has been designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on the same principle that powers our sun and stars.

The ITER Tokamak and plant auxiliary systems will produce an average of 500 MW of heat during a typical plasma pulse cycle, with a peak of more than 1100 MW during the plasma burn phase; all of this heat needs to be dissipated to the environment.

Velan will be providing over 2,000 valves for this project including ball, butterfly check and globe. These valves are scheduled for delivery between 2021 and 2023.

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