Sticky pumping problem solved using RLPs in Odessa, Ukraine

A Ukrainian molasses transshipment company has solved its molasses handling problem by installing rotary lobe pumps (RLPs) from Alfa Laval. The choice was made after an extensive review of available pumping products and technologies. The final decision was based on life-cycle costs.

DATE 2023-11-28

Located in Odessa Port, the company’s tank terminal handles a range of bulk products, including molasses, produced for export in Russia and Ukraine. Molasses is not only abrasive, different production processes and grades of raw stock mean widely varying product qualities. Winter temperatures contribute to the handling difficulties by increasing the viscosity of the product.

When comparing Alfa Laval RLPs with rotary lobe pumps from the other manufacturers, the customer discovered that Alfa Laval pumps have clear advantages.


Alfa Laval Rotary Lobe Pumps
Alfa Laval provides a wide selection of robust rotary lobe pumps. Available in stainless steel or ductile iron, which is suitable for abrasive media, bi-lobe or tri-lobe pumps offer very high efficiency with low energy consumption. They can handle large solids and are capable of pumping very viscous fluids. For the sugar and distillery industry the rotary lobe pumps are suitable for a range of products, including milk of lime, syrup, remelt, molasses and massecuite.

 Rotary lobe pumps 


  • High efficiency
  • Low energy consumption
  • Compact size
  • Robust construction
  • Reversible operation
  • Ability to pump abrasive media
  • Cost-effective, easy maintenance

Customer's voice

The Alfa Laval RLPs are a productive, reliable solution requiring less energy and maintenance than competing pumps.

Spokesman for the company