Bestobell opens valve to China order pipeline

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Bestobell Valves has clinched an order with China’s Hudong Zhonghua shipyard to supply special valves for six of the largest liquefied natural gas carriers ever built.

The multi-million dollar contract is the latest in a series from the shipyard for the Sheffield-based President Engineering Group subsidiary’s high quality cryogenic valves.

When completed in 2015, the LNG carriers will be used by the Chinese petroleum and chemicals corporation Sinopec, the China Shipping Group and Japanese shipping group, MOL, to ship coal bed liquefied natural gas from the Gladstone field in Australia back to China.

Bestobell Valves has been a world leading maker of cryogenic valves for 50 years. Sales director, Duncan Gaskin, said: “This new contract win is part of our strategy to invest resources to expand our growth in China.

“We are focusing not just on supplying valves to new LNG Carriers, but also for the predicted boom in the use of LNG as a fuel for domestic vessels, as China seeks to convert its transport economy over to cleaner fuels.

“Bestobell is well placed to serve this market through our experience of supplying high- quality cryogenic valves for similar LNG fuel systems in Europe and America.”

This latest deal brings to 10 the number of contracts that Bestobell has with the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard.

It comes just a few weeks after Bestobell Marine won a contract to supply DSME Shipbuilding company in South Korea with a range of valves in a multimillion dollar deal.