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Weir Oil & Gas and MTU pool resources to develop hydraulic fracturing technology

09th May 2014

Weir Oil & Gas and the Rolls-Royce Power Systems company MTU have announced the signing of an agreement to develop power systems specifically engineered for hydraulic fracturing.

Weir Oil & Gas and MTU pool resources to develop hydraulic fracturing technology
The agreement outlines the companies’ plans to work together to address the market need for more reliable and continuous duty equipment

The system will be used for hydraulic fracking operations during the well completion stage of shale oil and gas projects.

Weir is the leading manufacturer of hydraulic fracturing pumps, and MTU is a market leader in heavy-duty industrial diesel engines.

The agreement was announced today at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, with the fully integrated power system expected to be available to customers in mid-2015.

The agreement outlines the companies’ plans to work together to address the market need for more reliable and continuous duty equipment. A team of engineers is concentrating on optimizing the interface of the three most critical components – the engine, transmission and fracturing pump – to truly work as one system. Further, the complete packaged power system will utilize smart controls that provide conditioned monitoring and optimised performance for the operator.

The Weir-MTU announcement builds on Weir's SPM pumping technology and the performance of the new MTU Frac Pack, which integrates the MTU Series 4000 T95 diesel engine and the ZF 8 TX transmission.

 “Our teams are working to develop fully integrated purpose-built power systems for fracking,” said Steve Noon, Weir Oil & Gas divisional managing director. “This innovative approach will introduce a complete package, with all components built specifically for fracking applications, integrated and optimised to work together, have longer run times and provide greater efficiencies for our customers. It is something the industry has asked for and we are determined to deliver”.

Noon added that the agreement also provides for full service and preventive maintenance of the entire power system. This will be achieved by using Weir’s market-leading service network combined with MTU’s service capability, ensuring close proximity to customers.

Michael Haidinger, chief sales officer of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, commented: “Together we are taking a completely integrated approach to designing a pumping power system that addresses the challenges faced by frack site operators. We’ve brought our best engineering minds together to design a solution that enhances run times for the engine, transmission and pump, creating a robust system that will enhance operations. It is a new approach that offers customers one efficient supplier for such a critical system.”

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