HMS Key projects, Development & Innovations
Export sales revenue of HMS Group outside the FSU was US$ 51 million including international nuclear power plants projects, less than a year before but still showing stability despite the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, the current export sales backlog is equal to US$ 56 million with new promising projects coming.
2020 has shown a significant breakthrough in Egyptian water market and a tremendous work has been done to bring HMS compressors to the international markets.
Research and development
HMS Group follows best practices and international standards in R&D, manufacturing and quality management in order to meet the growing requirements on the market. We actively participate in the government-initiated process of import substitution, which allows us to broaden our product portfolio and attract a large number of clients.
HMS Group set up a serial production of HMS Control SIDUS stations, intended for (simultaneous) control of two submersible or semi-submersible pumps applied in the wastewater disposal, water supply, heat supply, etc.
This station’s control system is cascaded, in response to control signals. Both discrete signals provided by float fluid level switches, electrocontact manometers, electrode level sensors, and analog signals provided by hydrostatic and ultrasonic level transmitters can be used for the process control.
The stations are designed in two specifications — with direct-on-line start and with an each-pump-softstarter.
HMS Group continued expansion of the standard series of pumps manufactured for thermal power generation and other industries.
Oil pumps 12KM-type and electric pump units, based on them, are intended for transfer of turbine-oil with temperature +25–60°C or other oils with close physicochemical characteristics. These pumps are used in the centralized lubrication systems of turbo-pump units.
Nasosenergomash, the Ukrainian subsidiary of HMS Group, successfully tested the newly designed API 610 main centrifugal pumps for oil transport through trunk pipelines. The AMG-250N/2×410-308/CN (BB3 according to API 610) pumps with a horizontal housing connector and multi-stage multi-bearing were specially designed and manufactured in accordance with technical requirements of the customer, JSC Ukrtransnafta, with nominal parameters of 1,250m3/h feed and 365m pressure.
HMS Group designed and manufactured double-sided pumps D 500-1050 “in hot design” (3,500m3/h-140m) intended for use in heating networks. These D-series pumps do not require forced lubrication, are equipped with mechanical seals and operate as a part of units with a variable frequency drive.
In 2020, the 13-stage pump units with a horizontal housing connector type AMG 100L according to the API 610 standard were designed and manufactured. The designed pump unit has no analogues in this design among manufacturers of pumping equipment in Eastern Europe and the countries of the former CIS (the main parameters: Q=180m3/h, N=1,180m, n=3,000rpm, and NPSHR=4m). The basic element of the pump is a high-tech casting of the casing, the manufacturing accuracy of which ensures high efficiency and preset parameters of the flow part.
Oil & Gas equipment
Thermo-Chemical Binary Mixture Technology (TCBXT)
In 2020, HMS Group continued works on promoting and commercialization of the new technology in subsoil users, but several factors affected works volume and timing.
Commitment of Russia in the OPEC+ group to a record downward adjustment of its overall crude oil production by 1.9 mb/d made Russian VIOCs suspend crude oil production at almost all oilfields in Russia.
The agreement led to crude oil production cut, freezing of investment plans, including among others implementation of new methods of bottomhole formation zone treatment and enhanced oil recovery (EOR). As the developed technology and equipment were the ones classified as methods of bottomhole treatment and EOR, planned works were suspended, canceled or postponed for an indefinite period.
The COVID-19 pandemic complicated planning and carrying out of works at oil wells of almost all oil & gas producers in Russia. Subsoil users canceled, postponed or freeze such kind of works, because access of their personnel to oil wells had been limited.
Despite all restrictions and limitations, HMS Group managed to continue works on the technology, including laboratory testing and experiments on examination of binary textures’ energy datum and optimization of the chemicals’ formulations.
In the period from October to December 2020, HMS Group conducted 6 successful testing at Tatneft and 1 testing at Gazprom neft.
Today, the company is in the process of assessment of completed works, analysis of received results and preparation of documentation. HMS Group expects to sign a number of agreements for wells’ treatment with other subsoil users.
Mobile Secondary Reference Metrology Complex
In 2020, HMS successfully completed an investment project to develop the Intelligent Mobile Secondary Reference Metrology Complex, which online calibrates metering units, without interruption of hydrocarbons’ extraction, thus lowering costs of extraction.
In October 2020, the prototype of the Complex completed the overall field trials at 8 wells on Slavneft’s deposits.
The results of mobile oil analyzers at wells with light separation of oil-gas-water mixtures in assessment of the volumetric water cut, the density of oil, water and liquids, as well as the mass water cut was similar to the inground chemical analysis laboratories’ ones.
The developed Mobile Secondary Reference Metrology Complex calibrates an operating fleet of cluster metering units without interruption of oil extraction. And it allows decreasing costs, associated with necessity to renew metering units fleets not subject to calibration as per current verification scheme.
Hydromechanical drive for sucker rod pumping units
The main advantages of the hydromechanical drive developed by HMS Group are:
- no need to redevelop an oil-well for an offered technology;
- release of sucker-rod-pumping-unit foundation land, improvement of the environmental security of surface management (elimination of oil product leaks through seals and stuffing-box seals of a rod);
- reduction in metal consumption during replacement of the obsolete rocker-machines fleet;
- the no-sucker-rod enables mechanical dewaxing of a lift;
- increase in pumps’ volumetric efficiency, improvement of oil recovery efficiency, decreased level of power consumption;
- option to use downhole-to-surface telemetry with online output to a dispatcher console with controllability of the main well measures (pressure, temperature, etc.);
- conversion of wells from periodic to constant duty;
- operation of wells with high content of aromatic hydrocarbons, gas and solids.
In 2020, HMS Neftemash successfully completed the first stage of test operations of the unique system of the rodless oil extraction mechanism at low-yield reservoirs in Volga-Urals oil and gas province.
The developed technical solution decreases costs of oil extraction at poor wells, making it possible to withdrawn from traditional beam units.
The new patented system maintains day capacity up to 8m3 and is intended for installment in wells with up to 2,000m depth. The suggested system maintains up to 65% efficiency factor with a significantly lower energy intensity (2.5–3.5 kW), compared with traditional oil production systems (25–30kW).
In line with a testing plan, one of wells was equipped with a system, based on the unique hydromechanical gearbox, intended for a special sucker rod pumping units, and which was designed and manufactured by HMS Group. The first test successfully proved the system’s operational condition and its effectiveness.
HMS Group is the first and the only company in the world, which brought into prototype testing the roadless oil extraction system at a field under actual usage conditions.
In 2020, HMS Group successfully launched a new type of compressor units — a flash gas compressor — for the 4th stage of the Yamal LNG Project (NOVATEK). That was the first of its kind solution, made in Russia and fully on the base of the equipment made in Russia. All elements were designed and produced in accordance with the API standards.
HMS Group developed and successfully launched manufacturing of gas compressor units with 32MW capacity driven by the Siemens SGT-700 gas turbine driver. These units will be installed as a part of a booster compressor station at the Novoportovskoye oil & gas condensate field (Gazpromneft) and placed in operation by the end of 2021.
Legal Protection of Intellectual Property
As an innovative company, HMS Group continues to protect the exclusive rights to its products and the individualisation of the goods produced and services that are provided.
Currently, HMS operates more than 350 objects of intellectual property in its portfolio, including 270 patents, 31 registered computer programmes, and 54 registered trademarks.
In 2020, the company received 10 patents for new technological solutions.
The company filed application for a patent on the advanced design of the Hydromechanical Drive for Sucker Rod Pumping Units. Also, HMS initiated process of patenting the Thermo-Chemical Binary Mixture Technology in China and Kazakhstan for its further promotion abroad.