Fjords Processing purchase Amarinth pumps for produced water treatment duties aboard the FPSO Catcher


Amarinth delivers $1.2M of API 610 high flow pumps to Fjords Processing for produced water treatment on FPSO Catcher.

Amarinth, a leading company specialising in the design, application and manufacture of centrifugal pumps and associated equipment to the Oil & Gas, petrochemical, chemical, industrial and power markets, has delivered $1.2M of API 610 overhung high pressure, high flow, low-shear duplex pumps to Fjords Processing for produced water treatment duties aboard the FPSO Catcher which is currently being assembled in Singapore and destined for the Premier Oil operated Catcher field in the UK North Sea.

Discovered in 2010, the Catcher field is located 180 kilometres east of Aberdeen in the North Sea and is expected to produce 96 million barrels of oil with a peak production rate of around 50,000 barrels of oil per day. The field will be operated by Premier Oil using the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Catcher, with production starting in 2017. The hull for FPSO Catcher is being built by Japan’s IHI and upon delivery the topsides and the hull will then be assembled in Singapore.

The produced water treatment plants being supplied to FPSO Catcher by Fjords Processing specified pumps with an 80m head but a high flow rate of 920m3 per hour, which meant impeller sizes of over 0.5m. Such large pumps are usually configured as expensive between bearing pumps but Amarinth used its experience and expertise to select a much more cost-effective overhung design that could meet the duties.

Typically, such large overhung pumps would be operating at the hydraulic limits for this type of pump but Amarinth’s robust high-quality design ensured that the pumps were exceptionally well-balanced with tight concentricity tolerances thereby keeping vibration within the API 610 project specifications and noise levels below 85 dB(A). Most of the pumps were also supplied with dual seals and Plan 53B seal support systems.

In addition to the demands of the high pressure and flow, the pumps were required to exhibit low-shear properties in order that the produced water treatment plants could separate and capture oil from the water before returning the cleaned water to the sea. For produced water treatment plants to work efficiently it is crucial that the mixing of oil and water being pumped must be minimised, preventing restructuring and emulsification during the transfer of the fluid through the separation system. Amarinth has undertaken extensive research and development into low-shear pump design and so was also able to apply this experience to this project.

Oliver Brigginshaw, Managing Director of Amarinth, commented: “We are delighted to have supplied Fjord Processing with these pumps which meet the required duties but at a considerable cost saving over what would have been traditionally proposed. Our active research and development programme continues to extend the duty envelope for centrifugal pumps enabling us to meet the ever increasing demands of the oil and gas industry as it produces oil and gas from more challenging fields.”

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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
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