SLD Initiates National Mobilization

SLD Pump and Power mobilised its national network to respond to an emergency call-out, following the failure of the main supply pipe at a UK water treatment plant. Failure of the 2.5m diameter pipe, which handles roughly 15,000 to 20,000 liters per second of waste water, resulted in large quantities of untreated material flooding onto the site and adjoining land. 

SLD’s rapid response specialists evaluated the problem and quickly devised a plan to tackle the issue. The objective was to divert, capture and manage the flowing waste stream to enable the treatment work to continue operating and prevent further damage.

Kevin Breytenbach, a SLD’s manager who led the project, said: “It is one of largest single deployments of pumps and related equipment SLD has made. The response required coordination across our UK network to meet the significant equipment requirements in a timely manner.” SLD harnessed its national branch network to deliver specialized high capacity pumps and remote power systems to manage the high volume flow. The first batch of pumps was onsite and running within three hours of the initial call-out.

A total of 21 high-tolerance SLD pumps were delivered to the treatment site along with power generation systems, 17 fuel tanks and 5km of pipe. SLD equipment was delivered to the site from across the UK by 19 articulated lorries and included Hush-Pac quiet-running pumps and generators, equipped with automatic float and flow controls. SLD staff worked throughout the Christmas period, including Christmas Day and Boxing Day, to ensure the project was completed successfully. Following installation, SLD specialists remained at the site to provide around-the-clock technical support to the operator and its site contractor.     
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