Flowserve has developed a range of high pressure deep water injection centrifugal pumps for an oil field project. The pumps have been designed to inject high pressure water into the sea bottom field to force out otherwise unrecoverable oil at Shell’s Ursa/Princess Waterflood site in the Gulf of Mexico.
The WIKO pumps can provide a 50% higher pressure increase over current offerings to allow more oil recovery than available from lower pressure pumps. The project is expected to extend the life of the applicable field by 10 years, Flowserve says.
The pumps are based on the company’s established heavy duty model WIK pump with a new design and pump impeller arrangement – an opposed impeller rotor that allows much higher developed pressures than those previously used in multistage pumps for the oil and gas industry.