GIW Minerals reported one of its first-stage pumps, a TBC-67, capable of handling a max particle size of 127 to 152 millimeters (mm) and prolonged high-pressure loads, proved operational for 4,800 hours between shutdowns at an oil sands operation near Fort McMurray. There, an unplanned outage can cost $60,000. A competitor’s pump achieved 1,300 hours before needing replacement. GIW custom-built a pump built on specifications basted on operating data and online wear measurement techniques. The company has more than 30 TBC-67s operating in oil sands hydrotransport and tailings today, GIW reported.
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