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Sykes Pumps achieve success in Southern Africa

Sykes CP150 pumps

Integrated Pump Rental install eight Sykes CP150 dewatering pumps at opencast coal mining site

INTEGRATED Pump Rental, the authorized Sykes distributors for Southern Africa, have sold eight Sykes CP150 self-priming diesel-driven pumps to one of their surface coal-mining customers.

According to Lee Vine, managing director of Integrated Pump Rental, the order was placed following a successful short-term rental solution that was provided to the mine during the rainy season. ‘Dewatering remains a critical activity in opencast mining operations and we were able to assist this customer at short notice over a weekend,’ he said.

Within hours of receiving the request for assistance from the customer, the Sykes Pumps dealer had supplied and installed eight diesel-driven pumps with 2,000m of lay-flat hose.

Integrated Pump Rental focus on providing fit-for-purpose dewatering solutions to industry and Mr Vine stresses that it is not just about moving pumps into the market.

‘The Sykes pumps, which were hired out to the mine, were selected because we knew these units would be able to deal with the volume of water that needed to be transferred,’ he explained. ‘We were confident that the pumps would offer the reliability required.’

The Sykes CP150 dewatering pump offers a maximum head of 60m with a flow rate of 172 litres/sec. It is also capable of handling solids with a particle size of up to 77mm.

Mr Vine commented: ‘To put this dewatering capacity into perspective, one pump would be capable of draining the London 2012 Olympic swimming pool in just four hours.’

All eight pumps are trailer-mounted for ease of movement, providing the end-user with the versatility of being able to move the units to wherever they are needed at the mining site.

The Sykes units also feature sophisticated automatic priming capabilities (based on a Venturi system) that can deliver suction lifts of up to 9m.

The robust construction of the pumps ensures optimum reliability as well as long life and, importantly, the pumps are fully automatic priming allowing them to run dry for extended periods of time without damage.

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