A tight schedule, limited access, high pumping heads, and harsh materials led to the decision to employ Godwin HL8M Dri-Prime™ pumps in parallel at Equistar Chemical for vessel cleaning during a turnaround at the company's Bayport, TX, facility.
The automatic self-priming pumps achieved a total flow rate of 5,000 gpm at 180 feet of head from two pumps in a three-day, two-part clean water/ chemical flushing application to clear clogging trays in the vessel.
A cargo hose for pump suction and discharge was used due to the high temperatures required – up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit – during the chemical flushing process.
Godwin Dri-Prime pumps were specified for this job because their oil bath high-pressure mechanical seal design allows them to handle temperatures up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit if necessary during chemical flushing.
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