Petrochemical Pumps

What are they?

A petrochemical pump is used to extract or move petrochemicals. Petrochemicals are similar to other types of petroleum-based products in that they generally have high viscosities, and may be toxic, volatile, or corrosive. Thus, the pump generally needs to be a heavy-duty piece of machinery that is capable of generating high rates of flow and pressure, and is able to safeguard against catastrophic leaks.

Different types

There are different types of petrochemical pumps used throughout the process of refining, processing, and moving petrochemicals. Several different types might be used in the complicated process of refining crude oil, including: piston pumps, diaphragm pumps, magnetic drive pumps and API pumps to name a few.

Where are they used?

Petrochemicals are used to create agricultural products, as well as industrial chemicals, plastics, lubricants, pharmaceutical substances, adhesives, inks, paints, and many other types of materials – and wherever these substances are produced, petrochemical pumps are a major component of the process.

Other related Pump Types include: industrial pumps, high pressure pump, process pumps, pressure pump.

Expert Advice

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Industry Updates

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The world's drinking water plants will spend just under $6 billion this year for pumps, according to a new report from the Mcilvaine Company.

KNF has introduced a new high-pressure, micro diaphragm pump which can dose or transfer liquids or liquid-gas mixtures at flow rates up to 300 ml/min.

Mass Megawatts Wind Power, Inc. announced the successful delivery and operation of a larger wind-powered, water pump system in Colorado.

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Pump Tweets

Fluid Dynamics, a division of Neptune Chemical Pump, announces that its dynaJET™ Dry Polymer Preparation technology can now be used in oil-and-gas production applications as a way of maximizing the recoverable resources found in mature wells.

Lufkin Industries plans to purchase Zenith Oilfield Technology. Zenith is a developer of systems for down-hole monitoring, data gathering and control systems. The company also offers real-time optimization and control devices specifically for electric submersible pumps (ESPs) and progressing cavity pumps (PCPs).

Frost & Sullivan has honored NETZSCH Pumps & Systems with the 2011 Best Practice Award for increased customer benefit. NETZSCH's customer focus and product innovation were a few key factors in winning the award. NETZSCH is a leading manufacturer of progressive cavity pumps, screw pumps, lobe pumps, metering pumps and other equipment.

Colfax introduces an online energy savings calculator for oil and gas industry pump applications. The calculator allows head-to-head comparisons between centrifugal pumps and rotary positive displacement pumps in both single and multiple pump applications. Check it out at the Colfax website.

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