Amarinth completes state-of-the-art API 610 pump testing facility


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Amarinth completes state-of-the-art pump testing facility

Amarinth, a leading company specialising in the design, application and manufacture of centrifugal pumps and associated equipment to the industrial, chemical and petrochemical industries has completed its new test facility providing additional capacity to handle its ever increasing order book.

With a full order book and no signs of any slowdown, last year Amarinth started a major investment in a new test facility to enable the company to meet anticipated demand and needs of customers over the coming years. A new building at the Rendlesham site now houses this new state-of-the-art test facility providing a significant increase in throughput through the innovative use of technology. This not only enables the company to lead the industry on delivery times, but also provides an environment that exceeds all health and safety standards and ensures pumps are not damaged during the test procedures.

The new facility has a comprehensive test rig with multiple connections to the main test tank which can cope with flows of up to 1650m3/hr. The multiple connections allow pumps to be prepared for test or disassembled after tests whilst another pump is undergoing testing, saving hours of idle test time and increasing throughput significantly.

The test process is fully automated, with electronic valve actuators enabling the whole rig to be controlled via a single push button at the master test desk. All test telemetry is captured electronically using state-of-the-art digital test instrumentation and delivered to the testing desk, again improving efficiencies.

Large vertical pumps provide a real challenge for most manufactures to test. In the new facility Amarinth has constructed two 5 metre deep sumps allowing for full length testing of vertical sump pumps up to 7 metres. Again, one pump can be prepared whilst the other pump is operating and being tested. An innovative hydraulic system has also been designed which quickly and effortlessly lowers the pumps into position at the push of a button, eradicating the need to use multiple cranes and ensuring the job can be completed in complete safety by just one operator.

Building on its web-enabled order processing and documentation systems, Amarinth has also embraced the internet for pump testing. Using web video cameras on the test rigs, witness testing can now be carried out without the inspector or the customer travelling to the factory. Video witnessing of pump testing is now being allowed under the latest issue of the API 610 standard (ISO13709).

Amarinth used video witness testing to good effect on a recent contract from Larsen & Toubro for low shear API 610 OH2 A-series centrifugal pumps destined for an existing Produced Water Treatment Plant on a platform in the Mumbai High North field in the Arabian Sea, operated by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). When it came to testing the pumps, delays waiting for visas to be granted was impacting the critical path and threatening delivery. Using the web video camera the test process was witnessed over the internet in the presence of Larsen & Toubro’s designated inspector from Bureau Veritas Inspection agency. This proved very successful and enabled the pumps to be tested on-time. Additionally, a significant cost saving was made by removing the need for someone to come over from India.

Oliver Brigginshaw, Managing Director of Amarinth commented: “Our new state-of-the-art test facility reflects our drive to retain our position as the leading company in the industry to deliver bespoke API 610 pumps on short leadtimes whilst continuing with our significant growth. We can now test all of the units going through the factory without having to extend any of our delivery times, ensuring that we can undertake an increased number of prestigious contracts, particularly those with tight deadlines. We have seen our order book continue to grow over the past year, despite the difficult economic conditions, and this significant investment reflects our confidence in the expected growth of Amarinth in the years to come.”

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Amarinth Pump Manufacturing

Amarinth is a carbon net zero organisation delivering world-leading expertise in the design, application and manufacture of centrifugal pumps and associated equipment for critical applications in many of the most arduous and hostile environments around the globe.

Founded in 2002, Amarinth has harnessed the skills, creativity and passion of people who have worked in the pump industry for decades, delivering bespoke API and ISO pumps primarily to the offshore and onshore oil & gas industries; nuclear and renewable energy generation; defence; desalination; process and industrial markets.

The company’s innovative approach, business agility and use of sophisticated computer applications enables it to deliver robust, reliable and sustainable pumping solutions on the shortest lead times in the industry.

Process pumps – API 610, API 685, ISO 5199 horizontal, vertical and in-line bespoke process pumps, including ones that are hydraulically and dimensionally interchangeable with the former Girdlestone and other obsolete pumps.

Skid packages and modules – Supplied with a variety of drives for applications including de-sanding, mixing, filtration and chemical injection and tailored for the oil & gas, water treatment and power generation industries.

Condensate recovery – Cutting-edge design providing low NPSH up to 98°C with variable speed drives to reduce cycle time and lower operating costs, available in stainless steel, galvanised or copper tanks for light or heavy industrial uses.

Seal support – Integrated pressurised and vented seal support systems designed and delivered to API 682 and ISO 5199 standards and specific site specifications and requirements, working closely with AES, Eagle Burgmann, John Crane and Protect System.

Spare parts – Critical spares for all Amarinth pumps and related components can be dispatched the same day, reducing potential downtime, and in addition components for the former Girdlestone and other obsolete pumps can be re-engineered often improving the performance of existing assets.

Services – A full range of pump related services, delivered from UK head office or on-site globally, onshore or off-shore, including full commissioning and start-up support; also strip, report and refurbishment of any pump regardless of manufacturer.

Amarinth operates globally from its base in Rendlesham Suffolk, United Kingdom and offices in the Middle East and Malaysia with a global customer base, including BP, Shell, ADNOC, NOV, ExxonMobil, Schlumberger, COSCO, EDF, GlaxoSmithKline, Saudi Aramco, Pfizer, Diageo, Kuwait Oil Company, AMEC, Fluor, LUKOIL, Halliburton, and Babcock.

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Alex Brigginshaw
Commercial Director
Amarinth Limited
Bentwaters Park, Rendlesham
Woodbridge IP12 2TW
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1394 462131
Mobile: +44 (0)7703 681821

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