US Xylem supplies Argentina’s La Plata refinery with flood equipment

17 April 2014 21:53 Source:ICIS News

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--US-based water technology provider Xylem has supplied Argentina’s state-run energy producer Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales (YPF) with specialised dewatering equipment for the La Plata oil refinery in Buenos Aires province, Xylem said on Thursday.

YPF placed the $1.1m order for 15 high-power Godwin pumps after Xylem had successfully removed some 208,000 cubic metres of water from La Plata following major flooding at the refinery in April 2013, the US company said.

The incident at the 188,000 bbl/day facility, caused by a severe electrical storm, engulfed the refinery’s pump station and surrounding pathways and sparked a fire that severely damaged a coking oven and distillation unit.

“It is crucial that a plant of this size has the ability to restore plant operations quickly following an incident,” Xylem quoted YPF refinery manager Gustavo Chaab as saying.

“The Godwin pumps that we purchased will ensure that we are fully prepared for such an event in the future,” he added.

La Plata, Argentina’s largest refinery, has the capacity to process all types of crude and produces lubricants, paraffins, aromatics, asphalt and petrochemicals, according to YPF’s website.

The company also owns the 105,500 bbl/day Lujan de Cuyo refinery in Mendoza province and the 25,000 bbl/day Plaza Huincul refinery in Neuquen province.

By Simon West