Grundfos helps move water uphill

05 November 2014

An award-winning Sunderland company is helping Northumbrian Water pump water uphill.

Castletown-based Grundfos has been working with partner construction company J.N. Bentley to install a new pump at the Bolam water pumping station in West Auckland. The station provides water to Bolam reservoir by ‘lifting it’ 50 metres from source.

The current installation needed replacing which is when Grundfos, the world’s largest pump manufacturer, was called in.

Gavin Herdman, Engineered to Order (ETO) Engineer at Grundfos, explained: “We’ve worked on a few successful projects with Northumbrian Water and so were selected by the main contractor J.N. Bentley to produce the new pumping station.”

“We designed and built the package here at Sunderland and have also tested it here. This means that when the package arrives onsite the customer knows it is fit for function and can literally ‘plug and play’ the equipment and their site will be operational almost instantly.

“The design employs highly-efficient Grundfos centrifugal pump technology and a bespoke pump control system, also designed and manufactured by the team at Sunderland.”

Off the back of this successful partnership, Grundfos was able to secure a further project with J.N. Bentley, again supplying engineered to order equipment, this time to a waste water treatment site in Northumberland, near Longhorsley.

Similarly to the Bolam package, Grundfos pumps were again employed alongside a signature pump control panel. The design was optimised to make the best use of space available and Grundfos was able to package all of the equipment within a 3m² footprint.

Lee Carlin, General Manager at Grundfos, added: “We’ve been gearing up our ETO capabilities and the Bolam project fitted perfectly into our plans to expand this increasingly important part of the business.”

Colin Watts, Mechanical Engineer at J. N. Bentley said: “We’ve now worked on three package plants with Grundfos acting as main designer on schemes involving the pumping of final effluent and potable water.

“This continued partnership has brought several advantages: a single point of contact throughout the design process; the ability to fully test the system at the factory before shipping to the site; a quick turnaround at the site and the Grundfos controller offers a great deal of flexibility and is very easy to use.”

Northumbrian Water’s project manager, Simon Cossar, said: “The benefits of this package pumping station are that it is constructed and tested in the factory reducing installation time on site. This results in less disruption for our customers and improved health and safety on site, as well as, our costs being reduced by more than 30%. The collaborative development of this package pumping station, between Northumbrian Water, Grundfos and JN Bentleys, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to helping develop and use innovative technology to ensure we continue to provide an excellent service.”

Grundfos employs almost 200 people at its Castletown site and more than 18,000 worldwide. It opened its Wearside plant in 1973.

READY TO GO … Grundfos ETO engineer Gavin Herdman with the two pumps ready for delivery

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