KOSO Kent Introl to be exclusive supplier for Johan Castberg

Specialist valve manufacturer KOSO Kent Introl has secured an exclusive contract to supply choke and control valves to the Statoil Johan Castberg project in Norway. The company is owned by Japan’s Nihon KOSO group and is based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, where they manufacture, test, repair and service a wide range of process valves.

Johan Castberg will be the latest of many contracts they have carried out for Aker Solutions. These include the successful Statoil Johan Sverdrup project, which was also located in Norway. The two contracts form part of a wider Frame Agreement between KOSO Kent Introl and Statoil, which will see them supplying Statoil with valves until 2020, with options to extend the agreement through to 2026.

The Statoil Johan Castberg project

The project will consist of a large FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) vessel. It will be located approximately 240km north-west of Hammerfest at the northern tip of Norway, where the water depth is around 360-390 metres. A Final Investment Decision is expected in late 2017, which should mean that the valves will be manufactured and supplied throughout 2018 and 2019.

KOSO Kent Introl will again be supported locally throughout the contract and beyond by its appointed representatives in Norway. OME Projects will manage documentation submittals and approval status with the project whilst OME Services provide a vital interface between client and manufacturer during commissioning and operation, and can deliver a fast in-country service capability to meet both scheduled and emergency requirements.

Stuart Billingham, Sales Director of KOSO Kent Introl comments:

“KOSO Kent Introl are delighted to secure a further contract with Aker Solutions following the successful execution of the Statoil Johan Sverdrup contract, and other recent deliveries to modification projects. In total KOSO Kent Introl have delivered over 485 valves to Sverdrup during 2016/17 working to the site-needdates throughout and submitting critical interface information to the client within the required timeframes.

This client has repeatedly rated KOSO Kent Introl at 90%-95% in its Supplier Performance Evaluations during the past three years, considering on-time delivery, quality, HSE statistics and collaboration with the project teams, and we believe it is testament to a strong team effort within our organisation, and our ability to continuously improve our performance, that the client again demonstrates its confidence in KOSO Kent Introl with the award of this prestigious contract.”

KOSO Kent Introl goes from strength to strength

These recent contract wins are signs of a growing success story at KOSO Kent Introl. From their base in West Yorkshire, they achieve global reach, thanks in part to their network of agents and their parent company Nihon KOSO group. The relationships give KOSO Kent Introl a base of local partners in all the major Oil & Gas production regions around the globe.

Through these partnerships they can offer local support, fulfil documentation requirements quickly, complete site work on schedule and typically deploy technical and servicing teams within 48 hours to any part of the world.

Closer to home, within the UK they continue to invest in longterm assets to support further growth. In recent years their manufacturing facility has been upgraded to include several new machining centres and overlaying equipment to improve their productivity and reduce costs along with a bespoke tensile and compression testing rig for the subsea market sector.

They also have a dedicated aftermarket facility for valve servicing, repair and overhauls, which has been developed in response to the growing need for Oil & Gas companies to maintain and extend the service life of their assets.

Tel: +44 (0) 1484 710 311
Email: info@kentintrol.com
Web: www.kentintrol.com

Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 42

Autumn 2018 // Issue 46
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