Case studies for the Oil & Gas industry

Wintershall

Wintershall, a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF, has been operating in the North Sea since 1965 and today operates a total of 26 platforms, 25 of them in Dutch territorial waters and one in German territorial waters. The company commissioned Pon Power, the Caterpillar dealer in Scandinavia to supply emergency generators for offshore operations. The IPU hydraulic start system was designed to provide a black start system capable of three consecutive starts of 5 seconds each. The complete system…

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Torpille

IPU were recently contracted to supply the emergency starting system on the fire pump replacement for the mature Torpille Field offshore Gabon. The starting system was designed to as an emergency back up on the CAT C15 engine. As the platform has a constant air supply, the recharging of the start accumulator is achieved with both a manual hand pump and also a pneumatically driven hydraulic pump. Boosting the air supply by a ratio of 60:1 the air driven pump uses the platform air supply to…

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Tapis R Field

Petronas (a Malaysian oil and gas company) are looking to enhance oil recovery in Malaysia, according to Exxon Mobil Corp. The Tapis field, off the coast of Terengganu, will be the main oil field off the coast of Malaysia. This latest contract includes commitments to implement an enhanced oil recovery project at the Tapis field and will be the first ever large-scale project of its kind in Malaysia, including a new 50km network of pipes to distribute the recovered oil and gas. IPU provided the…

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Fishcon Chirag

The IPU Starting Service team recently visited the BP Chirag platform that is being built in Baku, Azerbaijan. The undertaking was to commission and test the starting unit attached to the emergency generator, which had not long been installed. The platform itself, is due to be commissioned in the Caspian Sea in the summer of 2013. The Starting unit had been made to BP specifications and certified in accordance with offshore regulations for potentially explosive environments. The process of…

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Clyde Platform

The IPU Starting Service team visited the Clyde platform in the North Sea to service three hydraulic starting systems, which would be used to power the platforms fire pumps in an emergency situation. To test and service a unit for working order, our engineers have to perform many tasks together with oil and filter changes, sampling and analysis of oil specimens, full inspection of the starter motor and all components including pinions. IPU Group proposed a 12-month annual service contract with…

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ATP Cheviot 2

ATP Cheviot 2

For the Cheviot Semi-Submersible Production Platform in the North Sea, the operators, ATP Oil and Gas, required a hydraulic back up starting system to the intent of NFPA20 for a Caterpillar 3516 diesel engine driven fire water pump. The starting system had to comply with the Mustang Engineering specifications, NFPA20 standards for stationary fire pumps and the pump packager’s particular requirements. This project design required a small footprint so that it could be comfortably installed in a…

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Warren Cat – Hydraulic Starting Systems for Industrial Engines

IPU Starting Division prides itself on working closely with clients to understand their needs and delivering the start system required. This is proven by the strong working relationship the team have built with Warren CAT in the US. IPU have delivered multiple hydraulic systems to fit the specific starting requirements and space constraints of the Caterpillar engines. Warren CAT is one of the largest and fastest growing Caterpillar® dealerships in North America, serving customers…

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Hydraulic Starting for Containerised Fire Pump

Bassein Platform A (BPA) produces natural gas from the Bassein Field 80km offshore north-west of Mumbai. Its emergency systems include a containerised fire pump powered by two CAT 3508 engines. Starting systems were part of the emergency systems specification on the new platform hook-up. The challenges of a containerised fire pump Containerising the fire pump simplifies the process of installing the unit on the platform but the space constraints within the container make it impossible to…

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