Peter Middleton talks to Weir Minerals’ GM for products, Ronald Govender, and dewatering product manager, Kevin Roelofse, about two modern API pumps for the petrochemical industry: the Floway vertical spindle pump for high flow applications and the new WSP Roto-jet, Pitot-tube between-bearings pump for high-head low-flow applications.
“We at Weir Minerals are well known in Africa for our mill circuit and slurry pumping solutions, through our Weir Warman and Envirotech brands. We have serviced the mining sector extensively over the years, developing our technology advances and, through mergers, expanded our offering to include a wide spectrum of inter-related, high-quality equipment solutions, such as Trio crushers, mill liners, cyclones, valves, piping and rubber and ceramic wear solutions,” begins Govender.
“All of Weir’s development efforts have targeted reduced total costs of ownership – through better reliability and improved uptime – along with better efficiency, productivity and profitability,” he adds.
“What is less well known is our global strength in the petrochemical industry. Weir has a £600-million Oil and Gas business, with a notable presence in the Middle East and considerable expertise in fracking, for example. Included in this offering are several API compliant pump brands that, between them, cover a very wide spectrum of needs in the petrochemical and oil and gas industries,” Govender tells MechChem Africa.
“We see niche opportunities in Africa for two of our API pump ranges: our Floway Vertical Turbine Pumps for high flow applications and our new WSP Roto-Jet Pitot-tube pumps, which offer significant advantages in high-pressure low-flow applications,” he reveals.