Signature Projects

REPOWERING RECLAIM WATER PUMPING SYSTEM OF TRANQUE EL MAURO

Client: Compañía Minera Los Pelambres (Antofagasta Minerals)

 

 

Objectives:

  • Increase pumping capacity of 800 reclaimed water (l/s) to 1,100 (l/s)
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Standardize pumping stations
  • Reuse 1500 (hp) motors

 

Solutions:

  • Change pumps to ones with more capacity and better efficiency
  • Custom engineered design through CFD and FEA
  • Custom fabrication

Results:

  • Increased capacity by  31%
  • Reduced energy consumption by 34%
  • Annual energy savings of $ 1M per year
  • Standardization of equipment with Neptuno Pumps® VTP 850X™
  • Reutilization of six (6) motors 1500 (hp).

REDESIGN OF BOWL ASSEMBLY FOR VERTICAL TURBINE PUMPS

Client: Minera Escondida Ltda (BHP Billiton)

 

Objectives:

  • Take advantage of available power
  • Increase pump efficiency
  • Reduce electricity consumption

 

Solutions:

  • Redesign first suction stage through CFD and FEA
  • Material Upgrade
  • Fabrication of  new Bowl Assembly

 

Results:

  • increased Capacity by 14%
  • Increased efficiency by 4%
  • Total power consumption of 1000 (hp) motor.

 

 

 

 

UPGRADE OF FRESH WATER PUMPING SYSTEM AT UJINA

Client: Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi (Xstrata/Angloamerican/Mitsui)

 

Objectives:

  • Avoid high levels of chlorides affect the operation
  • Increase equipment life
  • Reuse existing motors
  • Pump replacement should not affect continuity of operation.

 

Solutions:

  • Material upgrade for impellers and casing to Duplex 2205
  • Change wear ring materials to new generation of polymer
  • Reutilization  of 1300 (hp) motors.

 

Results:

  • Increased life of the pumps
  • Zero impact with the addition of new corrosive waters.

 

 

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