Xylem’s Godwin pumps save flooded oil refinery in Argentina

Last year when a huge storm hit Buenos Aires, the state-run Ensenada oil refinery caught fire and its pump station and surrounding pathways were completely flooded. Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF), which operates the facility, commissioned Xylem to remove the flood water in order to get the refinery back in operation as soon as possible.

Four of Xylem’s Godwin dewatering pumps removed a total of 208,000 cubic meters of water from the refinery. Following removal of the water, YPF purchased 15 high-power Godwin dewatering pumps in order to be prepared for future flooding emergencies.

“The Ensenada plant is a significant facility with the capacity of refining 188,000 barrels of oil on a daily basis,” said Gustavo Chaab, YPF refinery manager. “It is crucial that a plant of this size have the ability to restore plant operations quickly following an incident. The Godwin pumps that we purchased will ensure that we are fully prepared for such an event in the future.”

With a rental bank of 20,000 products, Xylem offers the world’s leading range of surface-mounted and submersible dewatering pumps. Read more about Xylem’s emergency response after the storm.

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