Should You Be Using Dual Dump Valves?

Kimray Control Valves Being Used as Dual Dump Valves

Oil and gas producers use dump valves to dump liquid from production vessels when the level reaches a pre-determined point.

Recently, we have seen a lot of producers in the Permian and New Mexico move to using dual Kimray High Pressure Control Valves in dump valve applications on their separators. This practice is also starting to catch on in the SCOOP/STACK and the broader Mid-Continent region. 

What are the Benefits of Using Dual Dump Valves? 

Producers are seeing decreased down time and reduced operational costs as a result of this method. This dual dump design provides redundancy, so you don’t have to stop production to perform repairs. If the trim from one valve fails, you can isolate it and divert the flow to the second valve. 

This solution also allows for greater variability in production volume. You can install two smaller valves rather than one large valve. You can flow both dump valves in early high-volume production. As production rates decline, you can move down to one valve and repurpose the other on a different application.

What Conditions and Applications is it Ideal for? 

A dual dump valve set up is most beneficial in operations with high flow rates and abrasives. It is typically installed on horizontal vessels but can be used on any two- or three-phase separator with pneumatic dump valves.

If you’d like more information about this solution and how it could work for your operation, contact your local Kimray representative.

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