Amarinth delivers innovative variable speed pumps into Axsia Nutshell Filters for Sonatrac

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 2nd October 2006

Amarinth delivers innovative variable speed pumps into Axsia Nutshell Filters for Sonatrac

Algerian fuel manufacturing company, Sonatrac, has commissioned two new Axsia Nutshell Filters at its Birbirkine site in Algeria. These are the first Axsia filters to incorporate an ingenious new vari able speed pump designed by Amarinth.

Axsia, a subsidiary of the NATCO Group, supplies the European market with the NATCO PowerClean system. Nutshell filters are an extremely efficient way of treating oily water produced during the processing of oil and gas. The success of the filter however relies heavily on the design and operation of the pump to circulate the nutshell fibrous media without damaging it during the backwash process.

In order to support its European market, Axsia required a local pump partner and selected Amarinth to produce a pump system for this challenging task. Amarinth designed an elegant, compact and reliable variable speed pump system by modifying one of its proven heavy duty pumps to suit the specific operating conditions. Materials were chosen that could survive in a sour service environment containing hydrogen sulphide.

Pump speed is crucial to the process of releasing the oil effectively. A change of just 100rpm makes a significant difference. Amarinth chose to use its innovative variable speed control system to govern the pump speed. This produced a compact and uncomplicated system where the optimum speed can be easily selected. The result is a significant decrease in overall commissioning and process optimisation time over traditional complex belt drive systems.

Mr Andrew Hamilton, Proposals Manager at Axsia commented: “Finding a reliable and supportive supplier for the recirculator pumps was the key to producing the Nutshell Filters here in the UK. Amarinth listened to our requirements and came up some great ideas. They worked closely with us to create a very elegant solution.”

Oliver Brigginshaw, Managing Director of Amarinth, added:

“We are delighted that the new pump system has delivered the benefits Axsia were seeking. We pride ourselves on delivering innovative solutions to challenging design problems. For the Nutshell Filters we brought together a number of our proven technologies to deliver an improved, cost effective and reliable solution.”

The ongoing partnership between Axsia and Amarinth will see a range of material options being offered and a standardised range of pumps of each size of filter. Customised installations have already been designed and supplied, such as horizontal pumps for the Prirazlomnoye offshore oilfield located in northern Russia.

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Amarinth Pump Manufacturing

Founded in 2002, Amarinth has harnessed the skills, creativity and passion of people who have worked in the pump industry for many years. Amarinth delivers worldleading expertise in the design, application and manufacture of centrifugal pumps and associated equipment to ISO, ANSI & API standards, primarily for the Oil & Gas, petrochemical, chemical, industrial and power markets. The company’s portfolio includes:

• Pumps: Horizontal and vertical API 610 pumps, chemical and industrial pumps, many of which are interchangeable with the Girdlestone pump ranges, eliminating the need for expensive modifications when replacements are required.

• Pressure Vessels: Protect System Plan 52 and 53A and 53B sealant systems with inbuilt condition monitoring for pumps and mixers that are suitable for Safe area up to Zone 1.

• Spares & Service: High quality, fast lead-time re-engineered spare parts to improve performance and extend pump life, including many which are directly interchangeable with the Girdlestone pump ranges.

• Packages & Modules: Condensate Recovery Units manufactured for Spirax Sarco incorporating the innovative Ci-Nergy intelligent variable speed control system, plus bespoke packages & skids built to order.

• Business Systems: state-of-the-art e-commerce technologies that deliver 24/7 support enabling customers to select pumps and place orders on-line and then track every stage of manufacture through to delivery, any time, anywhere in the world.

The company operates globally from its base in Rendlesham Suffolk, United Kingdom and has a customer base of world-leading companies, including BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Spirax Sarco, Diageo, AMEC, Fluor and Halliburton. For further information, electronic copy or photos contact:

Alex Brigginshaw
Business Development Director Amarinth Limited
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Woodbridge IP12 2TW
United Kingdom
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