Hydraulic-Pumping System

The maintenance challenges associated with pumping large volumes of proppant at high pressures and rates are an accepted part of day-to-day operations. Energy Recovery introduced the VorTeq hydraulic-pumping system, ­engineered to increase run time and reduce maintenance costs by rerouting abrasive fracturing fluid away from existing hydraulic-fracturing pumps. VorTeq reroutes proppant-filled fluid away from high-pressure pumps on fracturing sites so these pumps process only fresh water and therefore last significantly longer. VorTeq channels the abrasive ­fluids and sends them down the wellbore. The core of the VorTeq system is Energy Recovery’s pressure-exchanger technology, which is already in use in more than 15,000 desalination installations worldwide. The system handles up to 110 bbl/min, with a ­treating pressure up to 15,000 psi. The ­system is designed with only one moving part, and made from tungsten carbide, which is 1,000 times more abrasion-resistant than steel. With VorTeq, hydraulic-horsepower pumps will not be exposed to the abrasive-slurry mixture of proppant and water, the source of most maintenance issues.

Energy Recovery’s VorTeq hydraulic-pumping system extends the life of high-pressure pumps.


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