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Packing not best practice for firewater pumps

01.01.2011  |  Bloch, H. P.,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, 

Keywords: [maintenance] [pumps] [safety] [bearings] [packing]

Statistics show that for every 1,000 pump failures in hydrocarbon processing plants, there will be a fire. Fig. 1 shows a typical visible outcome, and the final bill for remedying such disastrous results can amount to hundreds of millions of dollars.


  Fig. 1. Scene of a refinery pump fire
  (Source: Release No. 2004-08-I-NM; US
  Chemical Safety Board; http://www.csb.gov).

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