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US water treatment firm Xylem restores production at Argentine refinery

18th April 2014

An oil refinery operator in Argentina has invested in the US-based company’s dewatering technology after successfully using it to drain flooded plant

US water treatment firm Xylem restores production at Argentine refinery
As a result of a severe electrical storm, the state-run Ensenada oil refinery caught fire and the oil refinery’s pump station and surrounding pathways were completely flooded

Xylem recently secured a USD 1.1 million order for specialised dewatering equipment after successfully removing flood water at an oil refinery outside the city of La Plata in Argentina.

As a result of a severe electrical storm, the state-run Ensenada oil refinery caught fire and the oil refinery’s pump station and surrounding pathways were completely flooded. Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF), which operates the facility, commissioned Xylem to remove the flood water in order to get the refinery back in operation as soon as possible.

Four of Xylem’s Godwin dewatering pumps removed a total of 208,000 cubic meters of water from the refinery.  Following removal of the water, 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.”

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