|Francesco Caligiuri, who stands 5’8″ tall and is a member of the team responsible for assembly and testing of the cage ball valves, shows the size of the record-breaking valve. (Photo Source: Business Wire)|
CIRCOR Energy says that a CIRCOR business located in Milan, Italy, Pibiviesse, has completed the production of two control ball valves that are believed to be the largest ever in the world. The 64-inch by 48-inch hydraulic actuated control cage ball valves have a flow capacity of 125,500 Cv. CIRCOR says the control ball valves will play an integral role in controlling the flow of water in a 450 km (280-mile) pipeline from the Ras Azawr Desalination plant to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
“These record-breaking valves are a testament to Pibiviesse’s ability to innovate and solve difficult control valve applications wherever increasing capacity and pressures are required,” said Mahesh Joshi, president, CIRCOR Energy Products Group, in a prepared statement. “We are proud of the team in Italy and thank them for their dedication to growing the business by expanding our capabilities.”
The control ball valves for the water distribution system were selected due to their ability to control a broad range of flow requirements with stable control against turbulence and cavitations risk. In addition to these two valves, a variety of other ball control valves in sizes from 6 inches to 40 inches also were delivered to manage water flow in the Riyadh water distribution system.
CIRCOR Energy, a CIRCOR International company, is a global provider of integrated flow control solutions for the oil and gas industries, specializing in highly engineered valves and pipeline products and services.