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Oil Pump Sets En Route To Colombian Pipeline

Fairbanks Morse Engine equipment to increase pipeline capacity

Posted on August 14, 2013

Fairbanks Morse Engine, an EnPro Industries company, has received an order from Ecopetrol, the primary oil and gas producer in Colombia, to supply five, two-stroke, opposed-piston (OP), dual-fuel, engine-driven crude oil pump sets and auxiliary equipment for the Ayachucho-Covenas pipeline.

The engine-driven pump sets will increase capacity of the pipeline, which transports crude oil from the Colombian interior to the Covenas port on Colombia’s north coast. Two, 12-cylinder engines, each rated at 3289 kW, will be installed at the line’s El Retiro pumping station and three, 9-cylinder, 2467 kW units will be installed at the El Banco pumping station. Delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.    

Unique in the 1491 to 3356 kW range, these Fairbanks Morse units are dual-fueled engines that have been designed specifically to operate on 99% natural or associated field gas and a 1% diesel pilot, the company said.

A Fairbanks Morse dual-fuel engine starts on diesel fuel and switches seamlessly to operation on natural gas with no loss of power. If the natural gas supply is interrupted, the engine automatically switches back to diesel fuel and continues to operate without interruption, according to Fairbanks Morse.