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First continuous duty 5,000-hp pump

July 29, 2019   Don Horne

Weir Oil & Gas has introduced its new SPM Quintuplex Extended Max (QEM) 5000 E-Frac Pump. This new pump is the only true continuous-duty electric or gas turbine-capable 5,000-horsepower pump in production today.

The new SPM QEM 5000 E-Frac Pump builds on the proven power and durability of the SPM QEM 3000platform, having nearly one billion field cycles with zero NPT reported and Weir’s nearly 150 years of industry-leading engineering expertise. The new e-frac pump delivers two worldwide firsts: a frac pump designed from the ground up for electric or gas turbine and 5,000-horsepower capacity in a single unit, rated for service at 100 per cent of rod load, 24 hours a day, even in extreme conditions.

Frac site demands have dramatically expanded in the past six years. Today, lateral lengths are 43 per cent longer, the number of stages has increased 94 per cent, sand usage is up 85 per cent and horsepower-hours per well have increased 200 per cent. These factors, combined with operating in increasingly complex environments, pushes conventional frac fleets to their limits with longer pumping hours and less frequesnt service intervals to increase daily stages. This reality requires frac pumps to provide ever-increasing durability and performance, but with diesel prices at more than $3 per gallon, adding horsepower alone doesn’t fully meet operators’ needs.

The SPM QEM 5000 E-Frac Pump’s compatibility with non-standard drivers, including electric and natural gas turbines, gives operators the flexibility of tapping into the electrical grid, remote power generation or a natural gas turbine generator which reduces diesel fuel spend, emissions, overall assets on location and maintenance intervals.

The SPM QEM 5000 E-Frac Pump minimizes up-front capital investment as it can reduce a frac fleet from 20 conventional pumps and 100 bores per site to just eight pumps and 40 bores per site. With only eight SPM QEM 5000 E-Frac Pumps needed to match the output of 20 conventional pumps, maintenance, noise pollution, safety hazards, emissions and overall footprint are reduced. With intentional engineering to reduce maintenance, operators can experience millions of dollars in maintenance savings per year of use and reduce maintenance personnel costs by potentially 42 per cent.

The SPM QEM 5000 E-Frac Pump achieves its horsepower with enhanced structural rigidity through an engineered skid and segmented frame plates that dramatically extend component life. It also features a patent-pending dual-pressure lubrication system designed to optimize delivery and distribution of clean lubricant to provide extended life and reduced non-productive time.

With a fit-for-purpose gearbox, as well as the industry’s largest bearing, the pump is capable of operating continuously at its full horsepower and higher torque applications. The Patent-pending high-ratio gearbox design allows for a small more efficient motor to be utilized. Furthermore, when utilizing an eight-inch stroke the motor size reduction is even greater. It also includes the field-proven SPM EXL Fluid End with SPM Everbore hardened-steel packing bore, which eliminates washboarding and the need to sleeve in the field.

As E&P companies seek to reduce carbon footprints and realize greater reductions in well costs, the SPM QEM 5000 E-Frac Pump is the only proven pump platform that is ready today to overcome these challenges.

“Five years from now, we anticipate frac sites will look different than they do today. We are proud to announce Weir’s new SPM QEM 5000 E-Frac Pump,” said Paul Coppinger, president, Weir Oil & Gas.“The SPM QEM 5000 E-Frac Pump is designed with the future in mind, leveraging Weir’s unique engineering and SPM QEM 3000 platform expertise to deliver customers a pump offering that lowers the total cost of ownership and environmental impact while also increasing sustainability.”

The SPM QEM 5000 E-Frac Pump is supported by Weir Edge Services, Weir’s global service offering. With service and training centres in every U.S. basin and every part of the globe, Weir Edge Services supports operators with a three-pronged approach that includes global access to local engineering experts, engineered repairs with highly skilled aftermarket support, and industry-leading digital empowerment tools for Weir and other OEM equipment, all within a three-hour trip.


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