Heap & Partners manufactures valves for major platform

Heap & Partners, a leading manufacturer in precision and valve engineering, has announced a major manufacturing project for Serica Energy’s 2023 planned maintenance Turnaround (TAR) on its Bruce facilities in the North Sea.

Serica is one of the UK’s leading mid-tier independent oil and gas companies and operates the Bruce platform, which is responsible for processing about 5% of the UK’s gas production.

The introduction of the 16-inch Serica Valve marks a significant milestone standing as the largest Phase valve produced by Heaps to date, weighing just under four tonnes.

In a highly competitive landscape, Heaps secured the contract and designed and manufactured twelve Phase Trunnion Ball valves, several being actuated packages for emergency shut down duty, tailored for deployment on the Bruce platform located 340km northeast of Aberdeen, Scotland; showcasing its prowess in delivering high-performance solutions while meeting demanding lead times for offshore applications.

Manufactured under a stringent timeline to meet the requirements of the Turnaround schedule, the valves were proudly made in the UK, adhering to the highest standards of quality and precision—a hallmark of all Heaps products.

David Millar, Managing Director of Heap & Partners, said, “Starting on UK soil before being deployed on UK seas, our valves are a testament to the unmatched capabilities of British engineering.

“At Heap & Partners, we remain committed to innovation, ensuring our products continue to meet and exceed the evolving needs of offshore industries.”

Heaps is not resting on its laurels, as the company is already in the advanced stages of designing an 18-inch and 24-inch version, expanding the Phase range to cater to diverse industry needs.