Xylem Dewatering Pumps Restore Operations at Argentinian Oil Refinery
Xylem recently won a $1.1 million order for the Ensenada oil refinery in Argentina after helping the plant recover from a devastating electrical storm. The refinery is the largest in the country.
On April 1, a massive rain storm in the area caused water to reach heights of 1.5 meters in some areas, forcing more than 3,000 people to evacuate and killing more than 35 in the immediate area. In the midst of this storm, the oil refinery, operated by state-run company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF ), caught fire. The fire was not completely extinguished for 6 hours.
YPF commissioned Xylem to remove the floodwater, ensuring a speedy return to normal operation for the plant. Four Xylem Godwin axial flow dewatering pumps removed a total of 208,000 cubic meters of water from the refinery.
Following the successful water removal, YPF purchased 15 high-power Godwin dewatering pumps in order to be prepared for future flooding emergencies.
“The Ensenada plant is a significant facility with the capacity of refining 188,000 barrels of oil on a daily basis,” said Gustavo Chaab, YPF refinery manager. “It is crucial that a plant of this size have the ability to restore plant operations quickly following an incident. The Godwin pumps that we purchased will ensure that we are fully prepared for such an event in the future.”
Xylem is a leading global water technology company with a rental stock of 20,000 products. The company has a presence in more than 150 countries and more than 12,500 employees worldwide.