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John Crane earns patents, signs deal to supply oil products

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CHICAGO—The John Crane Group has inked a major agreement to supply products to an oil field in Iraq and was awarded a U.S. and European patent for its gas seal monitoring technology.

The firm signed the deal with Italian pump designer Termomeccanica Pompe to supply products from across its portfolio for the development of Zubair Oil Field, one of the largest fields in Iraq.

John Crane said its agreement with Termomeccanica Pompe—a consortium led by Eni S.p.A.—includes mechanical seals and systems, high-performance couplings and hydrodynamic bearings used in the 24 centrifugal pumps supplied by the Italian company.

A service option has been discussed once the plants are in operation, according to John Crane.

Termomeccanica Pompe manages the Zubair Project, which according to the firm has set a development target of 850,000 barrels of oil per day through 2035 to support thousands of Iraqi jobs.

“As a leader in energy services, we're proud to be entrusted with this large project and contribute to rebuilding and growing Iraq's oil and gas infrastructure,” said Dave Hill, John Crane's vice president of first fit sales and projects.

The patent awarded to the group outlines several configurations of an advanced gas seal condition monitoring system that provides comprehensive and continuous real time monitoring of the status of a compressor, control panel and gas seal to improve gas seal performance, the firm said.

The company said it filed for the patent on May 21, 2008, and just had it approved.

“This new technology is just one example of how John Crane is committed to research and development investment in engineered solutions that address customers' growing processing demands while supporting environmental impact and improved energy efficiency,” said Joseph Haas, chief technology officer of John Crane.

The company produces engineered technology and supplies engineered products and services to energy services customers and other major process industries.Its products include mechanical seals, couplings, bearings, filtration systems and artificial lift equipment.

It is part of Smiths Group, which employs approximately 23,000 in more than 50 countries.