Flooded Argentina oil refinery receives restoration with dewatering pumps

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RYE BROOK, NY, April 17, 2014 -- A recently-flooded oil refinery outside the city of La Plata in Argentina has been restored thanks to the application of specialized dewatering pumps from Xylem.

Xylem (NYSE:XYL), a global water technology company focused on addressing the world's most challenging water issues, secured a $1.1-million order for the dewatering equipment after successfully removing the flood water at the state-run Ensenada oil refinery.

As a result of a severe electrical storm, the utility caught fire, and its pump station and surrounding pathways were completely flooded. Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF), which operates the facility, commissioned Xylem to remove the flood water in order to get the refinery back in operation as soon as possible.

Four of Xylem's Godwin dewatering pumps removed a total of 208,000 cubic meters of water from the refinery. Following removal of the water, YPF purchased 15 high-power Godwin dewatering pumps in order to be prepared for future flooding emergencies.

"The Ensenada plant is a significant facility with the capacity of refining 188,000 barrels of oil on a daily basis," said Gustavo Chaab, YPF refinery manager. "It is crucial that a plant of this size have the ability to restore plant operations quickly following an incident. The Godwin pumps that we purchased will ensure that we are fully prepared for such an event in the future."

See also: "Godwin Pumps, a Xylem Brand"

About Xylem

Xylem is a global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. For more information, visit www.xyleminc.com.

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