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The March 2020 issue of Valve World contains among other articles:
 
Cover story  
Syveco: stock, service, simplicity|
Syveco, formerly known as Thermador International, is one of the largest stockists in Europe with over 33,000 references packed in an impressive catalogue. “We have grown significantly over the years, but the trick is to keep it simple for our customers: to deliver on specs and on time”, says Lionel Monroe, CEO of Syveco.

Project report  
Clean coal, clean water
To increase renewable sources in the United Arab Emirates energy mix, the government passed the UAE Clean Energy Strategy 2050. One of the first projects to come out of the government’s new energy strategy, the Hassyan coal power plant, is almost operational.

Materials & manufacturing
JIP on AM: progress in oil and gas
Additive Manufacturing in the oil & gas/maritime industry has made significant progress with the conclusion of the joint industry project. On January 30th of 2020, two guidelines were published for the qualification of parts produced by Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) and Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) and an accompanying economic model. 

Oil and gas /refinery 
‘Transformative’ technologies in oil and gas
The oil and gas supply chain is likely to transform in this decade. The keywords are efficiency, decarbonization and safety. DNV-GL identifies the enabling technologies in its Technology Outlook 2030, which was published in December 2019.

End-user interview  
A career in instrumentation
After 42 years with Air Liquide, Hugo Willekens, has probably heard, seen, and done all there is in instrumentation. Still, when Valve World met up him, it was clear he remains totally focused on his work and is always keen to soak up knowledge and information about emerging technologies.

Column 
Freedom gas: geopolitics enter the gas market
The gas market was for a long time, primarily a regional ‘game’ which was dominated by local players. The last fifteen years, however, shows that tensions are also rising here, particularly about renewing gas transport contracts between Russia and Ukraine.

Interview
Industry 4.Human™: unifying field technicians capabilities
Are you being overwhelmed by buzz words and slogans? Feeling frustrated that new technology is not living up to its promises? Then perhaps you need to simplify your mindset, says Procentec’s Chief Technical Officer Matthew Dulcey.

Sealing
Valve packing friction: the hidden factor for an improved plant performance
Inappropriate packing friction can cause control valve problems, potentially leading to incidents such as the rupture of a natural gas pipeline in California in 2010. This paper traces developments that can safeguard control valve integrity.
 
Column  
The EU Green Deal: European oil & gas industry to make its mark
For many decades, the oil & gas industry has been at the heart of delivering on increasing energy demand. This has allowed many areas in the world to develop and prosper, in line with fundamental global political and macro-economic beliefs. However, it seems the climate challenge has changed this perception of our industry: increasingly, the phrase "fossil bad, renewable good" is heard.

Market report
The pyramid: a new approach to evaluate valve market shares
Suppliers rely on market share estimates for much of their planning. It is also valuable to determine the market shares of their competitors. 

Editor’s Choice 
Industrial valves and oxygen applications: ‘from standard to special’
Valves for oxygen service go through a complex process to be properly prepared for the special requirements. One can only guess from the end result how much work actually goes into these valves.

Instrumentation 
How to improve sample integrity
In an analytical instrumentation (AI) system, several factors can make a fluid sample unrepresentative which causes analyzer readings to be inaccurate. To maintain sample integrity, system designers need to address a number of variables, ranging from properly configuring the system to selecting ideal components. Specific areas of attention are deadlegs, leaks, adsorption, and phase changes.

Oil and gas /refinery
LNG Valves, part 1: maintenance of quarter turn valves
Natural gas is expected to play a crucial role in the transition towards low(er) carbon fuels. As the distance between production and demand can be high, LNG becomes a more viable option, which in turn increases the demand for associated production and distribution equipment, such as butterfly valves. 

Meeting point 
Valve World Focus On in Rotterdam
Rotterdam is one of the busiest harbors in the world. As a result, the Rotterdam area features a myriad of large storage and manufacturing/refining operations. In this economic hotspot, Valve World will host its first local event Focus On which will take place on October 7th and 8th 2020.

End-user interview 
Shell Pernis: The art of fixing valves
He may bear the ultimate responsibility for around two million valves at the world-scale Shell Pernis refinery in the Netherlands, but this is a job which fits Mr Muktiadi ‘Adi’ Rahardjo (Mechanical Engineer - Valves & Sealings) like a glove. 

Interview
Driving down inspection costs
Emerson has recently introduced remote inspection options for valves being built at a majority of its global manufacturing sites. This service helps improve manufacturing efficiency and reduces costs for clients.

Human resource management 
Comprehensive action needed to attract engineers
According to various reports from various countries, the shortage of engineers, in general, is already visible. If the public and the private sector are not pro-active, this shortage could lead to significant economic losses and collateral damage. 

Human resource management 
AUMA: how to attract and retain engineering talent
Valve World sat down with AUMA’s HR-director Hans-Christian Reinacher to address challenges and solutions to attract and retain engineering talent. In essence, for AUMA it is about a shortage in numbers rather than a qualification mismatch.

Maintenance
How to service a ‘Bugatti-valve’
There are millions and millions of valves in the (petro)chemical and hydrocarbon industry. They represent astronomical value and protect human lives and the environment. Therefore, these assets should be produced to facilitate proper maintenance, also to prevent total or partial shutdowns.