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Increasing demands of the free world oil industry call for pumping equipment that can be moved to any location in the world within a matter of hours. Many times these locations are remote and inaccessible to conventional equipment. Offshore drilling and production requires equipment capable of a production requires equipment capable of a high degree of portability and operation in a minimum of floor space. High performance pumping equipment is an performance pumping equipment is an example of this type service. To meet these demands containerized turbine-powered fracturing pumping units have been developed suitable for movement by air cargo plane, helicopters, boat and land vehicles. Basic features include small size, containerization, high horsepower, and high mobility. Each unit consists of three sections: A standard Halliburton HT-400 pump, a transmission and accessories section, and a gas turbine power section. Each section is interchangeable with the same section in all other units. This equipment is now available to the oil industry and is scheduled for operation in the Eastern Hemisphere after blowout pumping jobs are completed in South Louisiana.


The petroleum industry is supported by numerous, highly-specialized, service companies. Creating, providing, and operating equipment capable of pumping fluids beyond the capacities of pumping fluids beyond the capacities of normal drilling rig components is one such service. Generally, operating time at the well site for this service is brief and long periods may elapse before service is again necessary on any given location Normally, this pumping equipment is made available where ground transportation is feasible with equipment mounted on trucks or trailers. (A truck-mounted unit may be viewed in Fig. 1). Marine installations commonly are equipped with service company skid units permanently installed on the rig. (A permanently installed on the rig. (A typical offshore skid is shown in Fig. 2).

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