OTC Launch: SPM® QEM 3000 Frac Pump

Weir Introduces First High-Horsepower, Continuous-Duty Frac Pump for Sustained 275,000-Pound Force Rod Load

HOUSTON--()--Weir Oil & Gas, the industry’s leading supplier of pressure pumping equipment to the upstream market, has announced its latest innovation to increase customer efficiency and performance. The new SPM® QEM 3000 is the industry’s first high-horse power frac pump designed for continuous-duty pressure pumping operation at 275,000-pound force rod load – all the time. The pump was unveiled today at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). Also being showed is the TEM 2500 version of the pump, which will launch later this year.

“We always listen to our customers,” said David Paradis, President of Pressure Pumping at Weir. “Required operating hours and increasing rod loads are beginning to exceed the capabilities of traditional intermittent duty frac pumps. Our goal in creating the SPM® QEM 3000 was to develop a frac pump second to none in terms of durability, cost-efficiency, reduced downtime and full rod load operation 100 percent of the time in order to address these needs,” he concluded.

The new frac pump, on display at OTC booth #1849, incorporates features designed to address a number of industry challenges:

  • Weir’s new, patent-pending, dual-line lubrication solution provides the right amount of pressure and flow for each pump component as well as excellent lube flow in cold starts. On-Board Filtration reduces lubricant contamination to optimize pump performance. These improvements address the challenge of pump failure due to poor or insufficient lubrication.
  • The SPM® QEM 3000 pump utilizes the largest frac pump bearing on the market— with a proprietary 25 inch diameter design—to increase component life and reduce downtime by better aligning pump maintenance intervals with those of the engine and transmission.
  • Weir’s patent-pending enhanced frame structure reduces susceptibility to frame cracking due to vibration and industry trends towards longer operating hours and higher rod loads increasingly encountered in continuous duty operations in harsh shale play pumping environments.
  • The new frac pump employs Weir’s patented SPM® Duralast fluid ends, which lower cross-bore stresses by 30 percent or more, doubling the life compared to conventional SPM® fluid ends. Integrated angled valve seats resist seat deck cracking, and Weir’s proprietary stainless steel construction delivers up to five times the life of conventional fluid ends.

The SPM® QEM 3000 pump is specifically engineered for fracking operations and will be integrated into purpose-built hydraulic fracturing power systems—engine, transmission and pump—being developed jointly by Weir Oil & Gas and Rolls Royce Power Systems company MTU through an agreement announced last year at OTC and an expanded joint venture announced at this year’s event. The new pump will also be sold separately to customers with non-integrated systems.

Weir Oil & Gas

Weir Oil & Gas, a division of The Weir Group PLC, is the leading supplier of pressure pumping equipment to the North American upstream oil and gas market. The division also provides superior products and service solutions to Oil & Gas customers in production, transportation, refining and related industries. Upstream products include pressure pumping equipment & services from SPM, Mesa and Novatech. Seaboard and Mathena provide pressure control products & rental services. Downstream products include API 610 pumps & spare parts for refining and petrochemical industries from Gabbioneta. Engineered mechanical and rotating equipment repairs & upgrades, oilfield and drilling equipment repair and certification, spares parts including asset management & field services are delivered globally by Weir Oil & Gas Services. The Weir Oil & Gas division is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. Find out more at weirinaction.com.

The Weir Group is one of the world’s largest engineering companies employing more than 15,000 people and operating in 70 countries. It serves oil and gas, minerals and power end markets. Founded in 1871, Weir has more than 200 manufacturing and service facilities globally. At the heart of the Group’s strategy is a commitment to innovation, collaboration, value chain excellence and global capability. Weir’s mission is to be wherever and whenever our global energy and resource customers need us, delivering innovative products and services and becoming their trusted partner of choice.


Weir Oil & Gas
Jackie Herrera Wilkerson, +1 281-847-7270
Weir Group PLC
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Weir Oil & Gas introduces first high-horsepower, continuous-duty frac pump for sustained 275,000 pound-force rod load: the SPM QEM 3000.

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