Ethylene and propylene processing

Over the past decade, demand for ethylene has steadily risen and so has the need for valve solutions that offer maximum reliability, safety and performance.

Sustainable profitability

After safety, uptime is the primary concern that ultimately determines whether or not an olefin plant will be sustainably profitable in an increasingly competitive global market.

There are many critical valves within an ethylene plant. From cracking to quenching, valves are subject to a wide range of thermal conditions, corrosive medium and coke residue. In these demanding applications, inferior valves will quickly wear, leak and need service. Great valves will reduce fugitive emissions and extend the intervals between scheduled maintenance shutdowns.

Ethylene-specific valves from Metso are tailor-made to tackle applications challenges

Metso offers a wide range of valves specifically designed to overcome the challenges of ethylene production including fuel gas control valves, shutoff valves and burner on-off valves. All are engineered and built with a focus on safety and uptime.

Ordinary seat and seals will not perform reliably in ethylene processing. That’s why Metso uses advanced seat materials and complimentary seat geometries proven to provide better upstream and downstream sealing, eliminate leaks, prevent buildup and increase cycle life while also lengthening intervals between scheduled maintenance.

Friction and galling are the enemy of valve cycle life. Our proprietary coatings are carefully chosen for their thermal expansion compatibility with the substrate. The result is that many Metso customers are now increasing the time between scheduled valve maintenance from 3 – 4 years to 7 – 9 years.

Trouble-free valves: a Metso specialty for over 50 years

Metso has put 50 years of experience in the olefin industry into our full line of control, safety, and automated on/off valves.  Our full-offering of the industry’s safest valves meet all the demands of ethylene processing to provide 7 to 9 years of uptime – compared to competitive valves that operate at roughly half that. We push the industry envelope in extending uptime and increasing ROI.

How to avoid ethylene valve failure and downtime

With increased global competition and demand for operational uptime, the margin for error is nearing zero. There are many critical considerations in choosing a valve supplier for ethylene production. Find out how Metso can help.

Link to Certified reliability for burner valve applications brochure

Link to application report, Steam cracking - furnaces

Link to application report, Steam cracking – Quench

Link to application report, Compressor Anti‑surge

Link to FlowExpert blog, Keep the noise down

Link to FlowExpert blog, Steam cracking reliability