Global motion and control technology group Parker Hannifin has signed an agreement with Shell to supply instrumentation valves, manifolds, process-to-instrument valves, fittings, tubing, protective enclosures and related products.
Under the terms of the agreement, which runs for an initial period of five years, Parker's instrumentation group will supply Shell and its affiliates worldwide with a broad range of process instrumentation products, it said.
"We are delighted to win this contract with such a major player in the oil and gas business, and are confident that our manufacturing resources on three continents and our global Parker Sales Company support network will meet the enormous challenges of this supply agreement", said Ian Huggins, general manager of Parker Hannifin's instrumentation products division in Europe.
"We are also excited with the prospect of closer engineering cooperation, as this will give us a front row view of emerging technical challenges in critical application areas, Huggins added.
"We see this agreement marking the start of a sustained period of progress in instrumentation technology, said Sheldon Banks, sales and marketing manager of Parker Hannifins instrumentation products division in Europe.
We believe that such a cooperative relationship between major players in their respective spheres will help to establish many new standards for performance, safety and cost reduction, Banks added.
Over the last decade, Parker said it has invested heavily in innovation, and has made advances in areas including safety, speed of installation and maintenance, and lowering emissions.
In particular, Parker says its new products can reduce the number of potential leak paths in a fluid flow system, and improve ergonomics for instrumentation and maintenance engineers.
Also important is Parker's experience in designing and manufacturing instrumentation using specialized alloys that optimize protection against corrosion - a major problem for many current oil and gas projects, according to the company.