Vikoma Vortex Sludge Pump

The Vikoma Vortex sludge pump is designed to pump viscous and aggressive hydrocarbons and liquids from a variety of different applications, such as waste oil pits, sludge pits and drill cutting pits.

The Vortex pump unit is free floating and can be easily deployed into the pit / tank. The unit can be manufactured and certified to operate in hazardous and aggressive areas.

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  • Fully floating pump unit that can easily be fitted into open pits and tanks.
  • Can be certified for use in Hazardous areas, e.g. ATEX Zone 1.
  • Fitted with a steam cage to heat the oil / sludge around the pump to reduce viscosity and allow pumping
  • Pump floats can be easily dismounted and reassembled on site to allow for easy transportation and storage.
  • Pump fitted with dry running, over pressure and motor temperature protection.
  • Certified single point lift allowing easy and safe deployment and recovery.
  • Can be supplied with an electric winch system to allow the pump to be manoeuvred around the pit / tank.
  • The pump can be adjusted so that it can be used to pump different levels within the pit / tank.
  • The pump can be manufactured out of a range of materials to suit the liquid in the pit / tank.


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  • Progressive cavity positive displacement pump.
  • Can pump liquids up to 1,000,000 cSt.
  • Pumping capacity up to 12 m3/hr.
  • Solids handing up to 40mm diameter.
  • For use in hazardous areas.
  • 5 bar discharge pressure.
  • 0 to + 35OC operating range.
  • 3 phase electric supply required.

Area of Use

  • Sludge pits
  • Waste oil pits
  • API separators
  • Waste liquid pits
  • Drill cutting pits
  • Slurry ponds 

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