Pumps for new power stations

August 7th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize


Mather and Platt has delivered seven Viking gear pumps to Medupi and Kusile power stations for installation in the fuel, lubrication and used oil storage depots currently under construction. The pumps are believed to be the first of their type ordered for these applications, which are generally serviced by piston pumps. The gear pumps will be used to transfer diesel fuel and turbine lubrication oil from incoming tankers to fuel storage tanks; and to transfer used oil from collection sumps into outgoing tankers for removal and disposal by waste management companies. Medupi will use two Viking gear pumps for lubrication oil transfer, while Kusile will use just one pump in this application. The internal gear pumping principle, invented by Viking Pumps co-founder Jens Nielsen, uses two rotating gears which un-mesh at the suction side of the pump to create a vacuum which pulls fluid into the pump.  The spaces between the gear teeth transport the fluid on either side of a crescent to the discharge side, where the gears re-mesh to discharge the fluid.

Contact Dave Johnson, Mather and Platt , Tel 011 824-2770, dave@matherandplatt.com




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