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Restoring operations at flooded refinery

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Xylem has secured an order for US$ 1.1 million of specialised dewatering equipment after successfully removing flood water at an oil refinery outside the city of La Plata, Argentina. As a result of a severe electrical storm, the state the Ensenada oil refinery caught fire and the oil refinery’s pump station and surrounding pathways were completely flooded. YPF, which operates the facility, commissioned Xylem to remove the flood water in order to get the refinery back in operation as soon as possible.

Four of Xylem’s Godwin dewatering pumps removed a total of 208 000 m3 of water from the refinery. Following removal of the water, YPF purchased 15 high power Godwin dewatering pumps in order to be prepared for future flooding emergencies.


Gustavo Chaab, YPF refinery manager said, "the Ensenada plant is a significant facility with the capacity of refining 188 000 bbls of oil on a daily basis. It is crucial that a plant of this size have the ability to restore plant operations quickly following an incident. The Godwin pumps that we purchased will ensure that we are fully prepared for such an event in the future."

Adapted from press by Claira Lloyd

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