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Emergency Shutdown Valve


The emergency shut-down valve (ESD-V) is essential to isolate the fuel gas supply from the pipeline at the boundary of the site in case of emergency. An emergency case can be a leakage, an unacceptable pressure fluctuation within the system, a fire in the plant or other similar occurrences. Ball valves are used as isolation valves in most cases. Different types of ball valves such as trunnion-mounted, floating ball, top-entry, two-piece, three piece etc. can be used.

Dielectric joint

Upstream of the emergency shut-down valve normally an dielectric joint (e.g. insulating flange) is installed, which provides the electric separation of the power plant fuel gas supply system from the main gas network.

Three different variants are used today

  • Hand-Operated Isolating Valve
    The isolating valve is designed as a hand-operated ball valve.
  • Motor-Operated Isolating Valve
    The isolating valve is designed as a motor-operated ball valve which can be opened/closed from the control room.
  • Pneumatic-Operated Isolating Valve
    The isolating valve is designed as a pneumatic-operated ball valve which can be operated self medium controlled or by instrument air.
motor-operated isolating valve
pneumatic-operated isolating valve

Sizes and pressure rating

Pipe sizes

DN 25 – DN 1000

Pressure rating

ANSI 150 / ANSI 300 / ANSI 600 ANSI 900

Main design criteria

Closing time for inlet valve

Pneumatic, electric or hand operated valve

Instrument air or own medium for pneumatic actuator

Insulating flange set (inlet)

Local operation or controlling via control room

Signal exchange with customer

All design criteria, sizes or pressure ratings can be offered on request


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