Weir’s SPM QEM 3000 frac pump delivers in Canadian market

Canyon Services Group logs more than 1,000 pumping hours, purchases fleet of pumps


Fort Worth, Texas-based Weir Oil & Gas (Weir), one of the world’s largest supplier of pressure pumping equipment to the upstream market, today announced significant milestones in the evolution of the SPM® QEM 3000 frac pump: reaching more than 1,000 hours of pumping time in harsh conditions with minimal wear, resulting in the sale of a fleet to Canyon Services Group, Inc. (Canyon).

These achievements reflect Weir’s partnership with Canyon, a Calgary, Alberta-based company, to deploy Weir’s innovative SPM® QEM 3000 frac pump to production sites in the Duvernay and Montney formations in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.

As outlined in the field test agreement, an inspection was performed at approximately 1,000 hours of operation which showed minimal signs of the typical wear seen in previous generation pumps. Due to this durability, Weir’s pump is projected to meet 6,000 hours before major overhauls leading to the estimated reduction in total cost of ownership by 17 percent. The pump will return to the field for a minimum of 5,000 hours of additional testing.

“We ran this pump harder than any other in our fleet,” said James Rukin, divisional manager, pumping services for Canyon. “Since putting the unit in service, we’ve experienced first-hand the reliability, ruggedness, and efficiency we were promised by Weir. The SPM® QEM 3000 delivers on value, and we have made the strategic decision to add 11 units to our fleet.”

Weir’s SPM® QEM 3000 is the industry’s first high-horsepower frac pump designed for continuous-duty pressure pumping operations at a sustained 275,000-pound rod load, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

“As the technology leader in pressure-pumping, Weir continued to invest in innovation throughout the downturn and the results are helping our customers emerge even stronger with the most efficient and effective equipment in the industry. It’s gratifying to see the hard work of our design and engineering teams come to fruition, but even more rewarding to have an industry leader such as Canyon put their trust in us,” said David Paradis, president of pressure pumping at Weir Oil & Gas. “Adding our SPM® QEM 3000 Frac Pump to their fleet demonstrates the value in delivering efficient, continuous-duty equipment with a lower cost of ownership.”

Before sending the Canyon unit to the field, a SPM® QEM 3000 pump completed a 13 million-cycle endurance test in Weir’s Research & Development Center located in Fort Worth, Texas. The traditional frac pump development process typically tests up to 1 million cycles, proving that this pump is unrivaled in terms of durability, cost-efficiency, long-term performance and life span.

Throughout the duration of the field-testing, the pump experienced a maximum flow rate of 11.3 barrels per minute (468gpm) and a maximum pressure rate 12,000 psi (not concurrent).  The typical flow rate was 8.2 barrels per minute (338gpm), while typical pressure was 9,000 psi. The SPM® QEM 3000 was situated behind a typical 2500 HP drive train and the pump was able to utilize 100% of the available power and torque output.


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