November 2014, Vol. 69, No. 11


Tulsa Rig Iron Introduces Unique Hydrostatic Test Pump Package

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Tulsa Rig Iron has added to its product line a hydrostatic test pump package designed specifically to fill and pressure up new and repaired pipelines for integrity testing before they are put into service.

“This system is ideal for multi-mile infield gathering systems up to 16-inches in diameter, as well as shorter run/larger diameter pipelines,” said Terry Flynn, business development manager. “Designed to be user friendly, rig up time can be done in less than 30 minutes with a minimal crew. “

The testing procedure is to cap the line, pump in water until full and then pressurize it to a specified psi. If there are no leaks, the pressure will hold. When integrity is confirmed, the pipeline is approved for service.

The HPP-150 hydrostatic test pump package includes a 900 gpm fill pump, a Tulsa Rig Iron TT series triplex pump rated to 4,775 psi and is powered by a 175-horsepower diesel power unit through the company’s exclusive single input/dual output chainbox drive which eliminates the problem of belt slippage under load.

“This combination design allows for simple transition from the fill pump to pressure pump, and our five speed transmission allows pressures to be built in a controlled manner versus equipment with a PTO drive,” Flynn explained.

The HPP-150 system is mounted on an oilfield type skid with pull bars, fork pockets and a four-point lift headache rack for ease of transport on a large equipment trailer or dedicated flatbed truck.

Right tool for the job

“The need to test a new or repaired segment of pipe is obvious,” said Flynn. “Pipe must be tested before it’s put in service, and it needs to be done in a manner that’s economical and safe for the environment.”

Flynn said historically most testing has been done by equipment built by contractors using available components.

“Very few companies manufacture this type of pump package,” he added. “We are recognized in the industry for our mud pumps and mud cleaning systems, so a hydrostatic test pump package fits well into our product line. Manufacturing the majority of the components in the HPP-150 enables us to better control the quality of the finished product.”

The HPP-150 is available directly from Tulsa Rig Iron.

Established in 1987, Tulsa Rig Iron specializes in mud mixing and recycling equipment for the energy and horizontal directional drilling industries. Today’s product line includes mud mixing and recycling systems rated from 50 to 1,500 gpm, and mud pumps rated from 5 to 880 gpm.

“The fourth quarter of 2013 marked a significant company milestone,” Flynn concluded. “The expansion of our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities effectively doubled capacity to produce Tulsa Rig Iron products.”

The company’s offices and manufacturing plant are in Kiefer, OK, just outside Tulsa.

Tulsa Rig Iron, (918) 321-3330,

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