Pipeline opens for city valve expert

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A partnership between Sheffield-based Bestobell Valves and leading global marine power specialist Wärtsilä has started to pay dividends.

Thanks to the deal sealed in April, Bestobell won an order from the Finnish company for cryogenic valves that will enable a car and passenger ferry, operating in an ecologically sensitive area to reduce its environmental impact by running on liquified natural gas (LNG)

The Attercliffe-based President Engineering Group subsidiary had to work to tight deadlines to complete the 20 manual and pneumatic actuated globe valves in just eight weeks.

The ferry, the Osfriesland, operates between the German town of Emden and Borkum Island in an ecologically sensitive area of the North Sea that is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage area.

In the past, the ferry ran on oil, but it has been converted into a dual fuel vessel, running on LNG, with oil as a back up.

President Engineering’s managing director, Mark Henley, said: “Wärtsilä is an important strategic partner and we look forward to this being the first of many important contracts.”