High-Pressure Pumps for Peru

24.06.2003

Flowserve’s Mendoza, Argentina pump operation recently shipped eight high-pressure pump packages for Peru’s Camisea Project. These pumps will transport condensates 575 km (360 miles) from the Camisea fields, located 430 km (270 miles) east of Lima, to a separation plant in Pampa de Clarita on Peruvian coastline.

The Camisea Project includes the construction of two parallel pipelines – one for natural gas, the other for natural gas liquids – and the associated distribution network.

The Camisea Project consists of three segments – upstream, transportation, and distribution. Designed to be used in the transportation segment, the Flowserve pumps are skid-mounted 4 x 10 DMX 12-stage pumps, fully compliant with the latest edition of API 610 – BB3. The DMX pump is highly regarded by end-users for applications involving high-flow, high-pressure movement of hydrocarbons.

The Camisea pumps were packaged complete with speed increasing gearboxes and gas driven 905 k W (1215 hp) engines. Each pump was supplied fully assembled, aligned, instrumented, piped and wired with accessories.

Located at altitudes up to 4100 m (13450 ft), at this stage, two pumps will be installed in each of four stations (one more unit per station could be installed in the future). There, they will be used in parallel to transport up to 50,000 barrels of natural gas liquids per day. The pumps are designed to operate at 16 different conditions by changing the engine speed.

The exploitation of the Camisea fields, which hold an estimated 311 billion cubic meters (11 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas and approximately 600 million barrels of natural gas liquids, is a key component in Peru’s strategy for domestic economic growth and industrial development. The project is expected to reduce Peru’s commercial hydrocarbon deficit by 35-40%. Commercial operation is scheduled to begin by August 2004.

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