Transneft Volga Region has replaced 4 booster pump units (BPUs) at the Samara-1 oil pumping station (PS) of the Samara Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate.
Old cast iron BPUs were replaced with modern steel pumps that meet the requirements of Transneft’s regulatory documents. The pumps manufactured in Russia with a mass of about 8.5 tonnes and a capacity of 2.6 thousand m3 of oil per hour each, as well as new electric motors, were installed. All units have increased efficiency indicators, repair interval and service life. Vibration, temperature and pressure sensors were installed on the equipment.
The booster pumps increase oil pressure to the value required for normal operation of the core pumps. The BPUs have a design feature that allows them to operate at low oil pressure while intaking in pump and then supply it to the mainline pumps with a certain gauge pressure.
The replacement was performed as part of the technical upgrading, revamping, and overhaul programme of the company’s facilities.
The pump units were connected to the infrastructure of the Kuybyshev – Unecha-2 oil trunk pipeline and were put into operation on schedule. The equipment replacement was carried out with a sequential scheduled decommissioning of each BPU, while oil transportation via the oil trunk pipeline was carried out under the standard protocol.
The modern pumping equipment will allow to increase industrial and environmental safety, reliability and energy efficiency of the facility, as well as to ensure uninterrupted oil transportation.