Morris Line Engineering’s operations in the oil and gas sectors are concentrated in the South and Middle East, and it can count blue-chip companies such as Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO), and Qatar Petroleum as key clients. According to Steve Davies, Director of International Operations, the secret to M.L.E.’s success in the area is down to an understanding of the elements and a high standard of products. “We are designing products that have to be suitable for use in the desert so they have to be durable. We have many years of experience of designing products for tough terrain so we’ve become very adept. We are also known for our quality; we stick to the ISO legislation rigidly – that is very important because companies in the oil and gas sectors will accept nothing less than the best.”
There is an overriding philosophy of continuous improvement and development of the Company’s vast product portfolio, service and core values. Such product improvement is also part of the Company’s continuing ambition to make M.L.E. the ideal long-term engineering partner. The voltage range of the high end equipment is 750V to 145kV, with the current ratings up to 4000A and short time fault currents up to 120kA.
The 145kV range has become more prominent in recent years with oil and gas companies switching to silicone rubber insulators. The increased demand is a result of an industry standard that M.L.E. helped to bring to the fore. Taking on the story, Steve says: “Years ago, porcelain insulators were the norm. Along with ADCO in Abu Dhabi, we developed our switches to accommodate composite insulators, which are hugely beneficial as they don’t attract dust. The old porcelain insulators had to be washed twice a year – that is a lot of labour power. We are now seeing a high demand for 145kV products fitted with silicone rubber insulators and Morris Line Engineering has now reached a solution after several years investigating the possibility of fitting these insulators on to our disconnectors.”