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OIL SANDS: KSB to supply water transport pumps for Fort Hills project

ALBERTA – KSB Pumps is the winner of the contract to supply a dozen large capacity water transport pumps for the Fort Hills oil sands project. The $13.5 billion project 90 km north of Fort McMurray is a partnership of Suncor Energy, Teck...



ALBERTA – KSB Pumps is the winner of the contract to supply a dozen large capacity water transport pumps for the Fort Hills oil sands project. The $13.5 billion project 90 km north of Fort McMurray is a partnership of Suncor Energy, Teck Resources and Total E&P. First oil production is targeted for 2017, and the project will ramp up to 180,000 bbl of bitumen per day.

The order is for 12 of KSB’s RDLO pumps to be used in the process water recycling system. The pumps feature a double-volute design and will be built to deliver flows between 4,250 and 6,125 m3/h at heads of up to 128 metres. Four of these pumps will be rated for temperatures up to 95°C. Pumps and motors will be mounted on American Petroleum Institute (API 610) standard baseplates.

Full instrumentation, including temperature and vibration sensors, will be installed in Canada by KSB Pumps.

“This is a very important project for Suncor Energy and we are proud to be part of it”, says Mike Blundell, president of KSB Pumps Inc. “Winning this order in strong competition was a team effort involving sales and engineering staff here and in KSB’s headquarters in Germany.”

KSB’s commitment to the oil sands industry is underlined by the development of a major service centre in Fort McMurray and operated by KSB-subsidiary GIW Industries.

Readers can click here to learn more about the Fort Hills oil sands project.

KSB’s Canadian website is at KSB.com/ksb-ca-en.