Warren R. True Pipeline/Gas Processing Editor Roger Vielvoye International Editor A major effort to improve the protection of workers and facilities in the North Sea will step into full swing this summer when many operators will install new or relocate existing emergency shutdown valves (ESV's). A Norwegian-sector installation is noteworthy because of its depth and the use of a check valve as an ESV. Most of the activity will occur in the U.K. sector and is prompted by findings after the July 1988 explosion on Occidental Petroleum's Piper Alpha platform. U.K. Department of Energy (DOE) genera...

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