Celeros Flow Technology has injected new life right into a heritage pump for a Canadian heavy oil recovery customer, enabling them to increase production. The pump – a Mather & Platt BB5 – was greater than 40 years previous and had been topic to quite a few post-installation alterations.
Heavy oil deposits are extraordinarily viscous and require the injection of excessive stress, excessive temperature steam to improve fluidity and allow the oil to be pumped to the floor. In order to boost extraction on this challenge, the customer needed to extend water temperatures from 90° C to 140° C. However, there were concerns that the present pump might not have the ability to deliver this requirement. Nozzle masses have been a selected concern. They turned to Celeros Flow Technology brand ClydeUnion Pumps, their most well-liked supplier of some 20 years, for help.
Mather & Platt is considered one of several heritage pump brands for which Celeros Flow Technology presents full lifecycle support1. Their aftermarket engineering group undertook a radical examination of the quadragenarian Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) boiler feed water pump used in the heavy oil extraction process. The investigation revealed that the pump had suffered a quantity of seal failures over time that had damaged the stuffing field and affected operational efficiency. There had additionally been no maintenance interventions for decades – however the pump had by no means actually failed.
Says Mike Golds, Global Upgrade and Rerate Programme Manager for ClydeUnion Pumps: “It is testomony to the standard of the unique pump that it had continued to operate in such harsh circumstances and with no common maintenance over such an extended period of time. More importantly, it gave us confidence that a thorough overhaul might obtain the specified enchancment in efficiency, saving the shopper the price and misplaced manufacturing time that could be related to sourcing and putting in a new unit.”
เกจอาร์กอน overhauled the SAGD pump and performed a mechanical seal improve and Plan 23 seal flush to optimize pump performance. In addition, finite factor analysis was undertaken to confirm that the nozzle hundreds would withstand the desired temperature enhance. As a end result, the pump is now able to delivering steam on the higher temperatures required. The seal upgrades ensure it meets the latest specifications.
Concludes Mike Golds: “We are actually pleased with the result of the SAGD pump improve. It has not solely achieved the desired manufacturing improve for the client, but also supplied a more sustainable and cost-effective answer than complete pump substitute. Using fashionable engineering and evaluation, we’ve been in a position to give the prevailing pump a brand new lease of life and ensure it’s going to continue to carry out well for many more years.”