HOUSTON (May 6, 2014) – Weir Oil & Gas and the Rolls-Royce Power Systems company MTU announced they have signed an agreement to develop power systems specifically engineered for hydraulic fracturing. Weir manufactures hydraulic fracturing pumps, and MTU provides heavy-duty industrial diesel engines.
The system will be used for hydraulic fracking operations during the well completion stage of shale oil and gas projects. The agreement was announced at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, with the fully integrated power system expected to be available to customers in mid-2015.
The agreement outlines the companies’ plans to work together to address the market need for more reliable and continuous duty equipment. A team of engineers is concentrating on optimizing the interface of the three most critical components – the engine, transmission and fracturing pump – to truly work as one system. Further, the complete packaged power system will utilize smart controls that provide conditioned monitoring and optimized performance for the operator.
Steve Noon, Weir Oil & Gas Divisional managing director, said the new relationship will utilize the best technology and service capabilities in the market to provide a total integrated offering.
“Our teams are working to develop fully integrated purpose-built power systems for fracking,” said Noon. “This innovative approach will introduce a complete package, with all components built specifically for fracking applications, integrated and optimized to work together, have longer run times and provide greater efficiencies for our customers. It is something the industry has asked for and we are determined to deliver.”
Noon added that the agreement also provides for full service and preventive maintenance of the entire power system. This will be achieved by using Weir’s market-leading service network combined with MTU’s service capability, ensuring close proximity to customers.
Dr. Michael Haidinger, chief sales officer of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said both companies have a long history of producing and supporting highly reliable and safe products specifically for use in harsh fracturing environments.
“Together we are taking a completely integrated approach to designing a pumping power system that addresses the challenges faced by frack site operators. We’ve brought our best engineering minds together to design a solution that enhances run times for the engine, transmission and pump, creating a robust system that will enhance operations. It is a new approach that offers customers one efficient supplier for such a critical system.”
The market will be updated regularly as development work on the new integrated power systems progress.
Weir Oil & Gas supplies pressure pumping equipment to the North American upstream oil and gas market.
MTU is a brand of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG. MTU high-speed engines and propulsion systems provide power for marine, rail, power generation, oil and gas, agriculture, mining, construction and industrial, and defense applications.