This Day in History
This Day in History (1972): Pumping Unit
The unit was previously used at Tapline’s Wariah Pump Station.
From the March 29, 1972, edition of The Arabian Sun
A 7,000 horsepower auxiliary pumping unit was installed recently at Abqaiq Pump Station No. 4 where it will be used to boost the amount of crude oil pumped to Qatif and Ras Tanura.
The entire unit, formerly at Tapline's Wariah Pump Station, is self-contained in two vans. The vans were moved to Abqaiq on two large trailers under the direction of the Transpiration Department.
Upon arrival in Abqaiq, the vans were transferred by crane on to previously prepared foundations, connected to the piping, and stood ready for operation.
The Abqaiq Maintenance Department was in charge of the installation.
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