How Are Electric Pumps on Hazardous Refinery Locations Different?

Electrical pumps are essentially the lifeline of all oil refineries, wells, and transport vehicles. Regardless of the type of oil being processed, oil won’t flow through the lines without being properly pumped from one line or filtration system to the next. With constant operation, electrical pumps burn about 80% of the energy in the average refinery, but more importantly—are one of the largest safety hazards.

The Right Pump For The Right Location

Each line has multiple pumps, and depending on the stage of the refining process—various types of pumps. Since refineries process multiple types of oil, it is essential to determine the type of pump required for the volatile and hazardous materials being processed. Each pump is designed not just for the viscosity and power required to clean and filter, but must also meet the hazardous locations (HAZLOC) specs for safe handling of aggressive gas. These specs each stage of the refining process.

Electrical Pumps Pre And Post Refinement

Electrical pumps are required at every stage of the game; from well sites, to pipelines, and while in route to your products final destination. Pumps will need to fit a variety of needs along the way, some of the most common being:

  • Pumps must have explosion-proof motors.
  • Pumps must be corrosion resistant to the specific chemical compound.
  • Pumps must be designed with sensors built-in.
  • Pumps must be designed to auto-lubricate.
  • Pumps must help to protect against plugging and freezing.
  • Pumps must be designed to emit minimal toxic emissions.
  • Pumps must meet or exceed the specs for the specific fuel being processed.
  • Pumps must be in compliance with all regional specs for safety, hazardous materials, and environmental…

Pumps Are Getting Smarter

Smart technology is helping refineries to generate better analytics, remotely monitor their refinery, and keep an eye on the efficiency of their lines. The goal is not only to maximize output, but to improve safety. Visual and auditory inspection can certainly never be replaced, but with the sheer size of the average refinery—pumps and lines with sensors and other connected technology can be placed strategically throughout each refinery.

Aside from purchasing the correct electrical pumps for your well, refinery, or transport system—you must also have a system in place for maintenance, monitoring, and sourcing safer and more efficient upgrades. Just one broken, damaged, or ill-suited pump can lead to life-threatening and costly damages.

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