At 3.7 million tons a year, German production of crude oil covers about 3 percent of domestic demand. The largest recoverable reserves are located in Northern Germany. Compared to other oil & gas producing regions, extraction and refining in Germany tend to be more challenging. Highly optimized cutting-edge technology and processes, along with very sophisticated extraction and refining equipment, are needed to compete in the international marketplace.
One oil producer in Northern Germany uses a Bornemann SLM twin-screw pump to transport an oil/gas mixture. This relatively compact pump has two mechanical seals. Originally, a competitor’s double seal with barrier fluid circulation system based on API Plan 54 was installed. However, this solution required a lot of maintenance, which caused high personnel involvement for maintenance and made things difficult for the company. As the pump system was located in a remote wooded area that was not easily accessible, the customer was seeking a solution to reduce maintenance effort to a minimum. Bornemann and EagleBurgmann were aware of the problem and a proposal was made to carry out a field test with a new EagleBurgmann sealing solution.
Oil rig in Northern Germany
Medium: oil/gas mixture - 95 % gas content
Temperature: t = 50˚F (10 °C) suction side, 86˚F – 104˚F (30 °C - 40 °C) pressure side, at the seal
Pressure: p = 29 – 43.5 Psi (2 - 3 bar) suction side, 145 – 159.5 Psi (10 - 11 bar) discharge side, at the seal
Speed: n = 2,700 - 2,800 min-1
Seal incl. materials: DF-SGR1/55-E3, Q15Q15VGG (1.4571)
Seal type: single seal
The EagleBurgmann Solution
In 2008, the retrofit using an EagleBurgmann SGR seal with unpressurized quench and a DiamondFace coating was completed, and the customer saw a significant, sustained reduction in maintenance and monitoring activity.
- Lowest possible coefficient of friction and heat generation, even when lubrication is insufficient
- Maximum process reliability
- Universal chemical resistance
- Unbeatable protection against wear
- Increased service life
- Higher operating limits possible
When the radial shaft sealing ring (supplied by a competitor) on the pump failed in the middle of 2009, the system was checked over and EagleBurgmann suggested operating the seal without quench.
With the DiamondFace coating on the seal faces and 5 percent residual lubricating oil content in the medium, the seal has been running in the safe temperature range without leakage, and the customer is fully satisfied with the results.
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