R&D development

HMS Group is continuously strengthening its research and development capabilities and the Company`s strategy is aimed at establishing the best Research & Development in Russia and the CIS. Our investments are dedicated to strengthening our core competencies in industrial pumps, oil & gas equipment and compressor technologies, and in developing solutions for the oil and gas industry and water utilities.

Multiphase metrological test flow
facility

Multiphase metrological test flow facility

In 2015, HMS continued the process of the localization of heavy pumps and pumping equipment manufacturing at HMS Livgidromash and Nizhnevartovskremservice, in close cooperation with Nasosenergomash (Ukraine); the company completed the 1st stage in Q1 2016. Within the framework of the project, the company constructed a new production unit and a new transformer substation.

The new test complex built will become the only one of its kind in Russia, enabling the testing of the pumping units installed in the oil pipelines of Transneft and Rosatom’s nuclear power plants. It consists of all necessary main and support systems to conduct operational testing of the heavy centrifugal pumping units.

Following an increasing customer demand for multiphase flow metering units and in order to enhance the expertise in the development of this type of equipment, HMS Group completed the construction of the largest and the most hi-end multiphase metrological test flow facility in Russia, which will allow the testing and metrological calibration of up-to-date multiphase metering units. The Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology of the Russian Federation (Rosstandard) certificated the facility and approved it as the working standard of flow rate unit of liquid-gas mixtures.

Centrifugal Double suction pump type
series DeLium

Centrifugal Double suction pump type series DeLium

Representatives of the world largest metering unit s producers – Siemens, ABB, Honeywell, Schneider Electric, Weatherford and Emerson – took part in a formal opening ceremony which was held in March, 2016.

HMS Group conducted several trial tests of a new well testing mobile unit, MERA-MR, to develop new competences in heavy oil reservoirs and oil wells with high viscosity fluids. Debits measuring tests were successfully performed at the East – Messoyakha and Russkoye fields with high–viscosity oils (up to 1.000 cSt) in 2014. In 2015, HMS Group produced and delivered unique metering units to operate at the R. Trebs & A. Titov Fields (Bashneft). These units were specially projected for transportation by different means of transport: helicopter, truck transport or sledge drag.

HMS Group started production of a new NetOil&Gas multiphase flow meter, which is the key metering assembly of MERA-MR metering unit made by HMS Neftemash since 2014. Over the short period of time, this product became the most perspective system for measurement of oil production rate at oil wells, including high viscous oil ones. The NetOil&Gas flow meter is based on continuous recording of oil production rate and is designed on the base of Foxboro coriolis meter, pressure detectors, temperature detectors, moisture meters and a calculator. The flow meter uses mathematical analyses of artificial neural networks for finding multiphase flow meter parameters without pre-separation.

Mobile metering unit MERA-MR

Mobile metering unit MERA-MR

Also, there was a dehydration unit for oil associated gas produced and delivered under the Chashkino gas compressor station project (LUKOIL). The unit was designed for reduction of the water dew point of oil associated gas to a temperature not higher than -15ºC by an absorption method of gas dehydration, which provides efficient and continuous plant operation. Application of plate heat exchangers instead of shell and tube ones allows reduction of the unit’s overall dimensions.

HMS Group successfully completed at the Mendeleev super-computer model simulation of bed process, which occurs at injection of binary mixtures agent for thermal-gas-chemical formation treatment to enhance oil recovery.

The company signed a state contract with the Ministry of Science of Technology of the Russian Federation to carry out a complex project to develop the technology of thermochemical fracturing instead of the foreign technology of hydraulic fracturing with proppant gel.

HMS Group manufactured a new type of centrifugal compressor units for oil & gas producing wells, that is intended for complex variable-load operations with parallel pressure cases. Also, a new type of centrifugal compressor unit 3GC2-75/30-83 GTU with an integrated lubrication system of centrifugal compressor and driving gas turbine unit has been developed, produced and supplied to a client already.

HMS Group developed a method of oil degassing and dehydration and equipment, which can be used on oil deposits, among other things, at a booster pump station equipped with multiphase pumps. The product allows improving of the efficiency of oil-gas-water mixture preparation for transportation due to enhancement of efficiency of oil-water separation. Before the separation, the mixture is heated by additional gas pumped by a multiphase pump, that has a temperature not lower than the mixture has. Some part of the gas separated from the mixture, can be reused as umped gas.

HMS Group continues to strengthen its expertise in equipment designed according to international standards. In 2015, Apollo implemented a number of new developments. Besides a couple of new pump types and systems, a number of new hydraulics and additional pump sizes was completed.

Pos. Event type (new development, successful testing, development of new equipment) Date of test / commissioning Additional information
1   KRHA-200/550
  • Single stage pump (type OH2 acc. to API610)
  • Designed as heavy duty process pump
01/2015
  • New pump size within the existing pump series KRHA
  • New set of patterns for impeller and volute casing
  • Successfully tested at Apollo test field
     
2 KRHL-25/250
  • Single stage pump (type OH2 acc. to API610)
  • Low Flow High Head design
  • With semi open impeller
  • Complete range of different hydraulics including new sets of hydraulic parts
02/2015
  • New pump size within the existing pump series KRHL
  • Includes a complete range of different hydraulic parts
  • New set of patterns for impellers, pump casing, diffusor and casing cover
  • Successfully tested at Apollo test field
  • The range of the type series KRHL extended to even lower capacities
3 KRH-40A/280
  • Single stage, radial split, volute casing pump (type OH2 acc. to API610)
  • Designed as heavy duty process pump
02/2015
  • New pump size within the existing pump series KRH
  • New set of patterns for impeller and volute casing
  • Successfully tested at Apollo test field
  • The extend of the type series has a special importance for applications within Offshore, Oil & Gas and Power plant business
4 KGR-80/400
  • Horizontal, 2-stage, single suction, between bearing pump (type BB2 acc. to API610)
  • Designed as heavy duty process pump
06/2014
  • A new pump series based on API610 BB2 2-stage pump
  • Development was focused on the expansion of the existing pump performance range up to higher discharge heads with a single-casing pump to meet a wide number of applications with a competitive solution
  • Complete new design and a new set of patterns for hydraulic parts like impeller, volute casing and casing cover
6 ZPRA-300/600
  • Horizontal, single stage, double suction, between bearing pump (type BB2 acc. to API610)
  • Designed as heavy duty process pump
  • Special design with side suction nozzle  
ZPR-100/400
  • Horizontal, single stage, double suction, between bearing pump (type BB2 acc. to API610)
  • Designed as heavy duty process pump
  • Special design with side suction nozzle
12/2015
  • New pump size within existing pump series ZPRA and ZPR
  • New set of patterns for impeller and volute casing
  • Successfully tested at the Apollo test field
  • Special importance for applications within Offshore, Oil & Gas and Power plant business
7 KRHA-350/550
  • Single stage, radial split, volute casing pump (type OH2 acc. to API610)
  • Designed as heavy duty process pump for a offshore application
09/2015  
  • New pump size within existing pump series KRHA
  • New set of patterns for impeller and volute casing
  • Successfully tested at Apollo test field
  • Special importance for applications within Offshore, Oil & Gas and Power plant business
  • All pumps were delivered acc. DNV Category 1 including complete design review
8 KRH-40C/350
  • Single stage, radial split, volute casing pump (type OH2 acc. to API610)
  • Designed as heavy duty process pump for offshore application
09/2015
  • New pump size within existing pump series KRH
  • New set of patterns for impeller and volute casing
  • Successfully tested at Apollo test field
  • Special importance for applications within Offshore, Oil & Gas and Power plant business
9 TGC-100C/4
  • High pressure BB5 pump acc. to API610; back-to-back design;
  • Water injection pump for offshore application FPSO
09/2015
  • Skid weight approx. 15.000 kg
  • Complete skid with pump, motor and noise enclosure
  • Successfully tested as complete skid at Apollo test field
  • 4-hour mechanical run test witnessed by the customer.
  • Complete new set of patterns for hydraulic parts like impellers, diffusers and Barrel
  • All pumps were delivered acc. DNV Category 1 including complete design review
10 KRH-40/280
  • Single stage, radial split, volute casing pump (type OH2 acc. to API610)
  • Designed as heavy duty process pump
09/2015
  • New pump size within existing pump series KRH
  • New set of patterns for impeller and volute casing
  • Successfully tested at Apollo test field
  • Special importance for applications within Offshore, Oil & Gas and Power plant business

HMS Group’s current operating portfolio of 246 patents, 46 registered trademarks and 26 registered computer programs reflects our commitment to research & development.

In 2015, HMS Group continues complex protection of its exclusive rights to its products in line with differentiation of goods and services to acquire the right of exclusive use in the market. The company received exclusive rights on 19 intellectual property assets: 13 invention and utility model patents, 3 registrations of application software, and 3 trademark registrations. The patented technologies are intended for work enhancement of units to measure oil flowrate, a separating assembly for a stand to test functioning of these units, centrifugal pumps and compressors and their components, and improvement of a conditioning process of oil-gas-water blend for transport.

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