Case Study: Chemical Injection Pumps Failure Investigation

Qassem Alben Saad, Maintenance Engineering Leader, Saudi Aramco Adel Al-Awaji, Mechanical Engineer, Saudi Aramco


The investigation team had selected several down pumps in different locations with different failure mode in order to identify the common roots that reduces pumps availability and come up with corrective actions to eliminate these factors in the fastest and most cost effective way.  

The Study came up with list of items to be added to the PM task list such as: reducing the oil change cycle, changing the coupling periodically, replacing the check valves periodically, increasing the inspection visits on bearings and couplings, etc.

Bio - Qassem Alben Saad

Qassem Alben Saad is a Maintenance Engineering Leader at Saudi Aramco’s Ghawar Gas Producing Department with over 11 years of experience in Oil and Gas Industry. He has graduated with Chemical Engineering BS Degree from Arizona State University at United States of America and is Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP). In his experience, he worked as Process/Plant Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, Reliability Engineer and Contracting Group Leader, Knowledge Transfer Coordinator, Knowledge Management Officer and Safety Advisor, which gave him confidence and extensive experience in his field of work and leadership at Saudi Aramco.

Bio - Adel Al-Awaji

Adel Al-Awaji is a dedicated Mechanical Engineer with vast knowledge and experience over 15 years in Maintenance activities, Reliability and Maintenance Engineering, Project Administration Support, Operational Excellence (OE), Knowledge Transfer (KT) and Safety Management System (SMS). He has graduated with Mechanical Engineering from Prince Mohammed Bin Fahad University at Saudi Arabia and has recently passed the certification of Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) as Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP). During his experience, he has gained the knowledge and skills to execute projects and repairs in safely and timely manners.