Sulzer to Provide Pumps for a Salt Cavern Storage Project in Canada
Sulzer, a global partner in the oil and gas, power, and water industries, has received an order from Strathcona Storage Limited Partnership to provide pumps for a Canadian salt caverns storage project. Because Sulzer is a pump manufacturer that focuses on innovation and research, the pumps will be specially designed to meet the demands of the salt caverns. The pumps provided by Sulzer will be used to inject hydrocarbons at very high pressures into salt caverns for storage. The pumps are expected to be shipped during the first quarter of 2016.
CP volute style pumps for the ethylene service will be designed, engineered, manufactured, and tested in Portland, Oregon. In contrast, the GSG diffuser style bare shaft pump will be designed, engineered, and manufactured in Jundiai, Brazil. The shaft pump will then be packaged and tested in Portland along with the CP volute style pumps.
In order to ensure the customer’s technical and commercial expectations, as well as smooth future operations at the salt caverns in Canada, Sulzer utilized sales, tendering, and engineering teams from Canada, the United States, and Brazil. In addition to designing, manufacturing, and installing the new pumps, Sulzer will also look after staff training, repair, and a variety of other services that are required during the complete lifecycle of the pumps.
Four caverns are being developed by Strathcona Storage Limited Partnership, a company formed by ATCO Energy Solutions Ltd. and Petrogas Energy Corp. Each cavern will have the capacity to store 400,000 m3 of natural gas liquids. The first two caverns are set to become operational in the fall of 2016, while the remaining two caverns will become operational in the fall of 2017. The ultimate goal of the new caverns is to help move natural gas liquid products to North American and international export markets safely and efficiently.