DRAGFLOW Presents HY400 Oil Sand Edition

Sometimes the most common solution is not the best solution. This scenario happened to DRAGFLOW while the company was working on a project in Western Canada. 

Oil sands tailings extraction is always a challenge, but by carefully working with the client, DRAGFLOW equipment was used as an optimal method for this challenge. The company’s equipment can be redesigned to guarantee that the job is executed to best in class standards.

In this case, the client told Canadian Dewatering LP, DRAGFLOW’s distributor, their problem and collectively the organizations worked together to find the best solution. The result was a perfect balance between wear and efficiency, creating the HY 400 Oil Sands Edition.

The fluid that was pumped by these units in Fort Mc Murray (Alberta, Canada) is unlike most tailings pond fluids as it is sticky and very abrasive. However, the DRAGFLOW HY400 has been specifically modified for handling slurries with a high content of abrasive solids.

Moreover, the dual pump design provided the reliability demanded by these operations. Notwithstanding the conditional challenges, the unit have achieved 1000+ hours of operation between services, with the new HY 400.

Regarding the operational intervals, Canadian Dewatering LP said: “This is a goal we had set when we started the collaboration. Providing a solution to our client that ensures that tailings produced in mining operations are managed to achieve their long term goal of minimizing and eventually eliminating the storage of tailings.

“With this new, innovative technology that we have implemented with DRAGFLOW, as well as solutions that others have implemented, oil sands operators anticipate the reduction of the land reclamation process from thirty years to ten years. This new equipment provides us the competitive edge to dredge deeper than ever before.”

To solve some of the key problem areas, DRAGFLOW’s engineers made several modifications to create the perfect pump for this application. At the end of the season key areas were focused upon, revealing excellent results and the pump required minimal service.

Full equipment for the job included: DRAGFLOW Dredger DRH400E23DF, DRAGFLOW HY400 Pump Oil Sand Edition, two Cutters EXHY35 (Max Power 35 HP/unit – Max Torque 507 Nm). Comfortable operator cabin and sound proof attention. Dredge also permit a working depth up to 20m keeping the overall dimensions of the hulls as small as 12x8m.

These dredges can extract MFT (Mature Fine Tailings) starting from 20m depth in the tailings ponds that are difficult for conventional ladder style dredging equipment to remove.

Overall success of the Western Canada project was the result of the team collaboration between DRAGFLOW, Canadian Dewatering and the end user client.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

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