Sunderland-based high pressure pump and valve engineering specialist Haskel Europe has completed a multi-million pound contract to deliver flushing rigs for export to Nigeria.
The equipment, designed and manufactured for a major UK client, has been built and shipped in batches to the African state for use in both subsea and land-based oil and gas extraction.
The oil and gas sector in Nigeria and fellow African state Angola are increasingly important export markets for Haskel, which delivers around 60 per cent of the products made in Sunderland to companies working in the oil and gas sector around the globe.
Haskel Europe’s operations manager, Graham Fox, said: “The Nigerian and Angolan market is a valuable and growing market for us. It is 15 years since Haskel won its first major contract in the region for the huge Bonga chemical injection system, and it has enjoyed steady growth ever since.”
The order for the long-standing Haskel customer has taken a couple of years to complete.
The huge specialist rigs, which are used to flush the valves produced by Haskel’s client, stand 2.5m tall by 2.5m long by 1.5m in width. The kit is a bespoke system that was designed and built exactly to the customer’s requirements with a design and development process that took around four months.
Haskel is an expert in developing equipment to meet the requirements of businesses that need to safely generate, store and control high-pressure gases and liquids. Although some products use similar fundamental systems, Haskel’s skilled staff are able to tailor each design and order exactly to the individual client’s specifications.
Haskel Europe, which is part of the US-based Accudyne Industries, works with companies in a number of different sectors. It is the market leader in the design and manufacture of high pressure pumps and valves for the defence, energy and oil and gas sectors in more than 50 countries. It is also becoming a key player in the growing market for hydrogen applications, such as the new clean fuel hydrogen automotive industry.
The business is a major North East exporter, shipping 55 per cent of the products designed and manufactured in Sunderland to clients around the globe. Haskel’s experience in making equipment able to withstand incredibly high pressures means its expertise is highly valued in the oil and gas industry, where more than half of its products are used.