VICTREX Cryogenic Polymers meet Shell’s latest specifications for Cryogenic Ball Valve Applications

Victrex, a global leader in high-performance PEEK and PAEK polymer solutions, is pleased to announce that its VICTREX CT™ polymers have met the stringent specifications outlined by Shell for ball valves in cryogenic services.

The latest Material and Equipment Standards and Code (MESC) SPE 77/302 (Valves-General Requirements) and SPE 77/200 (Valves in Low Temperature and Cryogenic Services) by Shell, the global group of energy and petrochemical companies, now include 'CRYO-PEEK' as a designated material for cryogenic ball valve applications. VICTREX CT polymers have successfully met these specifications, placing them as a viable alternative to PCTFE for cryogenic ball valve applications. 

The updated MESC SPE 77/302 and SPE 77/200 recognize PEEK as soft seat/insert material for ball valves used in cryogenic conditions as 'CRYO-PEEK'. This approval expands opportunities for valve manufacturers, offering high-performance PEEK polymers as a reliable solution in cryogenic environments.

VICTREX CT Polymers Valveinsert Ring

Key advantages of VICTREX CT polymers include an extended temperature range from -269°C to higher than +260°C, improved mechanical and thermal properties compared to fluoropolymers such as PCTFE, and confidence of supply from Victrex, which has a regional warehouse network.

The Material and Equipment Standards and Code (MESC) set by Shell is pivotal within the oil and gas industry, serving as a benchmark for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of processing units and facilities. Widely accepted by buyers, these standards represent a key test protocol and a prerequisite for industry acceptance.

Jakob Sigurdsson, Victrex CEO comments, “Victrex is committed to delivering innovative solutions that meet and exceed industry standards, empowering manufacturers to achieve excellence in their products and applications. The VICTREX CT products are the latest example of Victrex developing and commercialising new PEEK products that deliver against our customers’ needs, enabling them to further innovate.”

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