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KSB to supply large-capacity water transport pumps for oilsands megaproject

Mississauga, ON – KSB has been contracted by Fort Hills Energy LP (a consortium of Suncor Energy, Total E&P Canada and Teck Resources Ltd.) to supply large RDLO water transport pumps for its mineable oil sands project, estimated at...


Mississauga, ON – KSB has been contracted by Fort Hills Energy LP (a consortium of Suncor Energy, Total E&P Canada and Teck Resources Ltd.) to supply large RDLO water transport pumps for its mineable oil sands project, estimated at $13.5 billion, located 90 km north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The order is for 12 pump sets that will be used in the mine’s process water recycling system. Current plans call for the first oil to be obtained from the project in 2017, with production ramping up to 180,000 barrels of liquefied bitumen per day.

The KSB RDLO pumps are of a double-volute design and will be built to deliver flows between 4,250 cu m per hour and 6,125 cu m per hour of water, at heads of up to 128 m. Four of these pumps will be rated for temperatures up to 95°C. Pumps and motors will be mounted on American Petroleum Institute (API 610) standard baseplates. Full instrumentation, including temperature and vibration sensors, will be installed in Canada by KSB Pumps.

“This is a very important project for Suncor Energy and we are proud to be part of it,” said Mike Blundell, president of KSB Pumps Inc., Mississauga, ON. “Winning this order in strong competition was a team effort involving sales and engineering staff here and in KSB’s headquarters in Germany.” He said KSB’s commitment to the oil sands industry is underlined by the development of a major service centre in Fort McMurray and operated by KSB-subsidiary GIW Industries.