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New pump partnership signs first contract

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PG Flow Solutions has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with HERMETIC-Pumpen GmbH. The partnership’s first contract is to deliver two hermetically sealed pumps to a newbuild LNG facility.

“The partnership with HERMETIC Pumpen is our response to increased customer demand for unmanned operations, lower lifecycle operating costs and green energy pump solutions,” said Steve Paulsen, CEO of PG Flow Solutions.

As part of the agreement, PG Flow Solutions will integrate HERMETIC Pumpen´s canned pumps into its market offering.

HERMETIC Pumpen’s canned motor pumps are suitable for fluid temperatures ranging from -160°C up to +480°C and system pressures up to 120 MPa.

More green energy

“The market is moving towards more green energy in which both pumping of CO2 as well auxiliary pump systems for hydrogen production comes into play as key factors. Here, a canned pump solution is the technically most preferred solution,” said Erland Haugan, Manager of the sales department at PG Flow Solutions.

Traditionally for clean liquids, the conventional method for a pump system with either hazardous liquids, high temperatures or high suction pressures, or a combination of these, has been to utilise double mechanical seal systems. The latter often costs the same or more than the actual pump, in addition to more frequent service intervals required. The alternative has often been to use magnetic couplings, which has restrictions in relation to lost efficiency as well increased wear from more rotating elements. In addition, the length of the installation is a challenge for both alternatives. By utilising a hermetically canned pump solution, the conventional mechanical seal is removed, and the customer gains a pump solution with higher mean time between failure (MTBF) due to no contact between rotating and stationary parts as well as a more compact pump solution as the pump’s hydrodynamic bearings are the motor bearings themselves.

“The operational benefits of hermetic pumps are obvious. We are already prequalified to apply the technology on unmanned oil and gas platforms on the Norwegian continental shelf,” said Erland Haugan.

LNG project

PG Flow Solutions and HERMETIC Pumpen have recently received their first joint contract. PG Flow Solutions has been contracted to deliver two hermetically sealed pumps to an undisclosed newbuild LNG facility.

“This contract, which involves pumping lean amine, underlines canned pump solutions’ potential within fast-growing green energy industries,” concludes Erland Haugan.

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