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APS - Valve Control for Horizontal Centrifugal Pumps

APS - Valve Control for Horizontal Centrifugal Pumps

Ending Short Run Failures with a Long-Term Solution

The Problem

An International oil producer utilizes Horizontal Pumping Systems (HPS) to dispose of large quantities of produced water. These HPS systems had experienced a number of short run failures in the past, due to the fact that centrifugal pumps were operating outside the recommended range.

The Solution

We retrofitted these existing HPS units with the GPS Automated Control Valve System. Our Flow Control Valve works in conjunction with Custom Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) software, which controls the primary Variable Speed Drive for pumps. The new system ensures the HPS Centrifugal Pump operates within the manufacturer’s recommended range, increasing pump run life and ensuring true parallel multiple pump operation. It also prevents the injection pressure of the producer’s disposal wells from controlling HPS pump operating points.

This GPS solution has helped reduced operating costs, and increase overall system efficiency through the reduction of short run failures.

Benefits of the New System

  • Reduces Operating Costs
  • Increases System Efficiency
  • Eliminates Short Run Failures
  • Ensures Centrifugal Pumps Operate within Recommended Ranges