First continuous-duty frac pump enters Canadian market


FORT WORTH, Texas -- Weir Oil & Gas has partnered with Calgary, Alberta-based Canyon Services Group to take its SPM QEM 3000 frac pump to the field. 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-lb rod load, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Weir’s SPM QEM 3000 frac pump.

Arriving as service companies are looking for technology that operates more efficiently for less, this pump is projected to reduce total cost of ownership by 17%. This new technology was validated through extensive in-house testing at Weir’s R&D facility, which resulted in the successful completion of a 13 million-cycle endurance test.

Canyon’s upcoming field run will operate for at least 4,000 hours and include deployment of the SPM QEM 3000 to a production site for fracing operations in the Duvernay and Montney formations in the Western Canada Sedimentary basin. Specifically, the pump was retrofitted onto a hydraulic fracturing power system currently in-use at a live, Canyon-operated well site by R4 Equipment Renewal.

“The traditional frac pump development process typically tests up to 1 million cycles at full-rod load, so the fact that our R&D team has completed a 13 million-cycle endurance test proves the SPM QEM 3000 is second to none in terms of durability, cost-efficiency, long-term performance and life span,” said David Paradis, president of pressure pumping at Weir Oil & Gas.

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