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Spartan Controls adds new ultra-low powered chemical injection pump to their clean-energy technology portfolio

September 15, 2017

CALGARY, ALBERTA – Spartan Controls Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of LCO Technologies’ CROSSFIRE to their clean-energy technology portfolio. The CROSSFIRE is an ultra-low powered, high efficiency and cost effective chemical injection pump which eliminates venting of methane by replacing pneumatic-driven injection pumps.

Chemical injection pumps are used in the oil and gas industry to deliver accurate chemical injection rates into the wellbore and are often operated in remote locations. Traditionally, these fuel gas-powered (pneumatic) pumps are the largest piece of venting equipment at the well pad, releasing methane, a greenhouse gas (GHG), into the atmosphere. The CROSSFIRE Chemical Injection Pump offers 1-4 fluid ends, allowing it to replace up to four pneumatic chemical injection pumps with one unit.

“We are very excited to be representing this technology in Western Canada,” said Chris Breen, Manager, SCADA, Flow Computers & RTUs at Spartan Controls. “The CROSSFIRE is a cost-effective technology that can help our customers reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions on a well pad, and completely eliminate greenhouse gas emissions caused by pneumatic chemical injection pumps.” Breen stated, “Early customer response has been very positive with the low power draw, quiet operation and clean installation.”

It is estimated that up to 80% of methanol injection applications are over-injecting, resulting in lost savings. Sophisticated logic is built into the CROSSFIRE controller, allowing injection rates to be determined based on production flow or pressure. If a well is producing less, the chemical injection pump will throttle back automatically, reducing chemical usage, thus reducing operations cost.

“The CROSSFIRE is an ultra-low power device that can easily and reliably run in off grid, low power applications, even in Northern Canada where sunlight is unreliable at best during the winter months,” said Steve Froehler, Director, LCO Technologies. “Our electronic controller provides MODBUS capability to control the device with your existing SCADA systems, and our configuration software will allow operators and technicians to configure the system on their laptop computer or tablet.”

With new government mandates to encourage industry to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations by 45% by 2025, with respect to 2012 levels, the CROSSFIRE can help significantly reduce customers emissions level on a well pad.

About Spartan Controls

Spartan Controls is the leading provider of process control, measurement and automation solutions in Western Canada. For over 50 years, Spartan has provided customers with high performance solutions, industry expertise, lifecycle support, and technical training.

Our automation solutions are used in all industries including oil and gas, oil sands, pulp and paper, power, pipeline, and municipal industries. We are dedicated to providing an exceptional customer experience where expertise and collaboration come together 24/7, 365 days a year. For more information visit

About LCO Technologies

Based in Calgary, Alberta, LCO Technologies is a green technology innovator known for providing high-quality, high-reliability, low-cost options for the oil and gas industry. Its team has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, specializing in the distribution of industrial instrumentation products. LCO Technologies has invented an ultra-low power consumption and cost-effective common platform called the CROSSFIRE that can be configured as either a chemical injection pump or an instrument air compressor. For more information, visit