SKF bearings enable continuous, maintenance-free pump operation at a depth of 1 600 meters
An offshore oil and gas processor that required a full processing installation on the seabed first needed to prove that sub-sea pumping of multiphase fluids – oil, gas, brine, sand and more – would be possible in deepwater. After careful selection, the company settled on a pump design that would be tested in waters below 1 600 meters.
To reduce extraction and repair costs along with productivity losses, pump reliability was key. The short-term goal was to operate the equipment maintenance-free for five years or more, even under severe load, shaft deflection and lubricant conditions.