Development & Innovations

After 25 years in business, HMS Group is a full-cycle machine-building company that has achieved a leading position among Russian players. The company 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.

Pumps

Reservoir pressure maintenance

In 2018, HMS Group designed, produced and in-plant tested a pump with horizontally-opposed arrangement of impellers. The pump is designed for injection of aggressive (corrosive) oil-field water in oil-and-gas-bearing reservoirs to maintain the reservoir pressure.

The pump was delivered to the oil field for function testing to increase the injection rate and decrease the energy intensity.

Power generation

As part of the import-substitution program, HMS group designed and manufactured a facility based on a two-stage water-packed vacuum pump. It is designed for creating and maintaining a vacuum in the condensation chamber of a steam turbine – by a process of removing non-condensable gases and air flows through system leakages. The unit will replace water jet and steam jet ejectors, which are the major equipment at Russian power plants.

Ejector is a pumping equipment with no moving parts. It uses fluid or gas as a motive force. The mechanisms of the ejectors are designed in a way that water or steam can be used for creating vacuum with pressure, which energy is converted into velocity energy.

Oil refining

HMS Group designed a range of pumps with new typical sizes according to API 610 standard for a large-scale modernization project of one of the largest oil refineries in Russia – the construction of the CDU/VDU and Complex of crude oil deep conversion. The Group also completed production of the KRH (OH2) and ZPR (BB1) pump units for the Complex, which were elaborated to meet the project’s technical specifications.

Oil & Gas Equipment

Thermo-Chemical Binary Mixture Technology (TCBXT)

2018 became the third and final year of implementing the project for development of the technology and equipment complex for thermo-chemical and oil-and-gas-bearing formation treatment, with the aim of increasing hydrocarbon production and restoring the ecological environment on oil and gas fields, instead of using the foreign technology of proppant-gel fracturing. The project was being carried out in cooperation with Tyumen State University and the Institute of Biochemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in accordance with a contract with the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.

The company successfully accomplished the project’s following milestones:

  • Industrial patent #2674046 was acquired for a high-temperature well survey combination tool.
  • Industrial patent #034167 was applied for a two-phase mixing pump.
  • 3 articles were published in the magazine “Oil industry”, 1 article in the magazine “Georesources”, 1 article in the magazine “Bulletin of Tyumen State University”, 1 article in the magazine “Automation, telemetry and communication in the oil industry”, etc.
  • Pre-production units were modernised – an ammonium nitrate pumping unit and a sodium nitrite pumping unit (BM pumping units). The company carried out in-plant preliminary and acceptance tests of the modernised units. In 2018, HMS manufactured a pre-production unit of the operational and control system, and carried out in-plant preliminary and acceptance tests.
  • HMS conducted a pilot run of the modernised and newly manufactured pre-production units on the Zybza-Glubokiy Yar field (Rosneft). Three wells were treated using the thermo-chemical binary mixture technology, and for for the first time, the company used a two-step method of well treatment. Positive results were received. At present, the technology is being transferred to the commercialisation status.
  • HMS Group designed and tested a mobile TCBXT fleet, which includes 2 pumping units, one unit of the operational and control system and two trailers – a mobile reservoir with 40m3 working capacity and a flatbed trailer for transportation of supporting facilities.

Plate Heat Exchangers

In 2018, HMS Neftemash continued commercialisation of the project for development and production of plate heat exchangers for Russia’s petrochemical facilities. As part of this project, HMS set up production of shell-and-plate heat exchangers both welded and split body, “Compablock”-type heat exchangers. The company continues to develop this product range.

Mobile Secondary Reference Metrology Complex

In October 2018, HMS Neftemash and the Department of the investment policy and government support for business activity of Tyumen region signed an agreement, according to which the production facility will be provided with a state subsidy to perform research and development upon an investment project to develop the Intelligent Mobile Secondary Reference Metrology Complex mounted on a cross-country chassis.

The new Mobile Metrology Instrument will allow oil & gas companies to calibrate online metering units, without interruption of hydrocarbons’ extraction, thus lowering costs of extraction.

The creation of this unit is the follow-up of the joint project in which HMS Neftemash and the Tyumen State University developed and put into operation the State Primary Reference Standard. The largest and most hi-end multiphase metrological test flow facility in Russia allows the testing and metrological calibration of up-to-date multiphase metering units. The Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology of the Russian Federation (Rosstandard) certified the facility and approved it as the working standard of flow rate unit of liquid-gas mixtures.

Oil & Gas Heater based on Thermosiphon

HMS started development of the oil & gas heater based on thermosiphon. In 2018, the project’s following stages were accomplished:

  • A drawing of the thermosiphon’s general view was developed.
  • Thermal design and simulation of the thermosiphon’s running were performed.
  • Its applicability was analysed.

Hydromechanical drive for sucker rod pumping units

In 2018, HMS Neftemash continued the project on a "Rodless oil extraction mechanism."

Working construction documentation was changed for the pumping unit with the hydromechanical submersible gear:

  • Documentation was revised for a protector, a hydraulic unit, and a mechanical part of the gear.
  • A design was developed of an axial piston pump ANP 026-300, which complies with technological and weight-size requirements (previously, the company considers using of a third-party component, which required deep rework).
  • A drawing was prepared of a special roller-drive screw, which is a mechanical part of the gear.
  • A set of regulatory documents was prepared for the pumping unit.
  • Certificate of conformity #ТС RU C-RU.HO05.B.00145 was obtained.
  • A specimen product was manufactured and tested.
  • A pilot run was coordinated on Tatneft’s fields.

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.

Compressors

Compressor units for NOVATEK

Kazankomressormash developed a compressor unit for NOVATEK as a part of the import-substitution program. It is the part of a natural gas liquefaction unit and is designed for boil-off gas compression and its further supply into feed gas, which is to be liquefied. The unit made by HMS is the first and the only one made in Russia, which operates at up to -154C° inlet flow temperature.

HMS Group designed and manufactured the main gas transportation unit for NOVATEK’s natural gas liquefaction complex at Yuzhno-Tambeyskoe gas condensate field. The unit consists of three centrifugal compressors and is intended for compression of three technological flows: feed gas, nitrogen and ethane.

The proposed Gas Compression System (GCS) configuration with three compressors - two regular single-shaft and an integrally geared one - driven by a single gas turbine through a common gearbox will be applied for the first time in the world practice.

Engineering

In 2018, GTNG developed the following areas:

  1. Digitalisation of capital construction facilities, including:
    • Development and filling of a data portal according to the technical design documentation of the subsoil user.
    • Development of digital twins and simulators.
    • Control over capital facilities using drones.
  2. Proposals of mobile units for collection, prepare and treatment of oil.
  3. A methodology and computational programs were developed (a standard calculation base was created) for the main technological equipment for oil & gas fields surface infrastructure (separators, tanks and vessels, heat exchangers).
  4. A self-inclusive controlled telemechanics station was created.
  5. A book was developed of typical types of modular equipment made by HMS Group per operating platforms.
  6. A testing facility for thermohydraulic tests of heat-exchange equipment was developed.
  7. The following works were carried out for the project on temperature stabilisation of soil (TSS) for construction of fuel-and-energy objects in the Arctic climate:
    • Requirements were developed to a test range allocation for testing of TSS elements.
    • A rough design was developed of the test range for testing of TSS elements.

In 2018, a project implemented by Giprotyumenneftegaz for small-size modular gas processing units for associated gas processing was ranked the best “Technological Engineering Project”. The project aims to solve the problem of utilising associated petroleum gas and obtaining additional products. The unique feature of this engineering project is that it can be installed at the deposit with integration into the existing technology of oil treatment units. This approach allows to process the associated petroleum gas, including the gas of last stages separation, with the maximum extraction of targeted hydrocarbons.

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.

More than 300 objects of intellectual property can be found in HMS’ current operating portfolio, including 234 patents, 31 registered computer programmes, and 54 registered trademarks.

In 2018, the company received exclusive rights to 15 inventions and utility model patents, and filed applications for 18 patents.