Paul Skoglund, most recently recognized as Entrepreneur of The Year by the University of Washington and receiving the Diamond Award, started SkoFlo Industries in 1988. With Paul’s leadership, the company has grown to become a global leader in subsea and surface injection valve technology.
Before the SkoFlo valve, chemical injection for the petroleum industry was accomplished with one pump per injection point. On Alaska’s North Slope, engineers at Standard Oil looked for an alternative to this extremely expensive approach.
They developed a valve, so that one pump could supply multiple wells, using an innovative spring-balanced piston design. Leaving Standard Oil, the engineers teamed up with Paul and named the refined product the SkoFlo valve.
After a decade of successful operation with the valves on the surface, the company decided to take on the harsh challenges of subsea production. After years of engineering refinements, the first SkoFlo electrically operated subsea valves were successfully deployed in 2000 – but not before years of rigorous trials in surface production.
To this day, we insist that every new valve design be thoroughly tested on the surface before we take it subsea. No other chemical injection valve manufacturer can make that claim.