Reliable actuators for oil pipeline

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he Transalpine Pipeline (TAL) relies on AUMA actuators for the safe and reliable transport of crude oil. AUMA has been awarded a five-year framework agreement covering the replacement of existing valve actuators with its proven SAEx 25.1 actuators. The AUMA actuators will be installed in the pumping stations along the Austrian part of the pipeline. The first set of actuators has been commissioned.

The TAL network is 753km long, linking the port of Trieste in Italy with eight refineries in Central Europe. Handling approximately 40 million tons of crude oil per year, the pipeline plays a major role in meeting the oil needs of Austria, the Czech Republic and southern Germany.

For TAL Austria, product reliability was a key point in the decision on the actuator brand, since any disruptions in the operation of the pipeline would quickly become critical. AUMA’s robust and powerful SAEx 25.1 actuators proved to be a perfect fit, offering a proven track record of several decades in oil and gas applications. In combination with gearboxes, the actuators provide torques up to 10,800Nm to automate 40in gate valves at differential pressures of 30 bar.

Local service and support was another key deciding factor for TAL Austria. AUMA service engineers are able to provide fast and competent service at all times, ensuring safe and reliable operation of the facilities. In addition, the AUMA contract also includes on-site commissioning and training.

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