“All the water and no electricity”

Jersey has one of the highest tidal ranges in the world.

This presents some extraordinary challenges which, over the years, has resulted in sea locks, seawalls and other mechanisms to keep the sea out and yet, allow maritime traffic in.

One specific risk, is a combination of a high tide, and a flood creating storm. In this case, the floodwater would not be able to run into the sea and would need channelling and pumping up over the seawall. This situation was further complicated by the chance of a power cut during a storm. As a result, our client had specified diesel driven units.

Local authorities had already designed and built the pumping station and needed the pumps and associated equipment supplying and installing in order to complete the project.

Cougar’s solution

Leading a team of specialists, we were able to cut the clients need for equipment by 20%, by utilising hydraulics of a more superior design than the original one. This meant four pump units and not the five originally specified.

During discussions, we also redesigned the controls, as the original specification called for four Form 4 mains powered panels. Clearly, in the event of a  power failure, even though diesel driven, nothing was going to run.

Customer Benefits

We saved the customer 20% before the contract was let, and, in addition, reduced their risk further, by applying a different control philosophy. In total, we installed four sets of equipment totalling 4,000 hp.

To give you an impression of this, when the four pumps ran together, they could fill a 50 metre Olympic-sized swimming pool in one minute.

 

“We need snow!”

The Challenge –

A customer of ours had a Health and Safety nightmare, potentially, creating snow! The site was a film set which required large amounts of snow. The issue was running flameproofed electrics around the site, cables, high voltage etc. In fact, this was banned before it even started.

However, the high pressure needed for the job required industrial pumps in stainless steel, to cope with the liquids being handled.

Cougar’s Solution –

We chose vertical in-line multistage pumps with all stainless steel wetted components, and instead of using their normal electric motors, used air driven motors. Non-standard couplings and motors stools were fabricated to allow the mating of the pump and the drive.

The air motors run from a compressed air source, and while not as efficient as a direct electrical source, it did mean that the job could be safely accomplished with only running an air hose. Also, the air drives have other advantages in that they can be regulated to run at any speed, either under or over that normally rated for the pump without inverters or any other electrical controls, merely using an air valve.

Customer Benefits –

For little more than the cost of the manufacturers standard electrical drive, we were able to save many thousands of pounds in electrical installation costs and more importantly, meet all of the Health and Safety requirements on a sensitive site.

If you have a difficult application, let us know!

Cruising in the Eastern Caribbean Sea

Well not quite, although there is an orderly queue of Cougar Engineers forming, ready to jet off and install pumps previously supplied to the tiny island of St Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean Sea.

Of course, where there are people, there is water as well as waster water too!

In this case as wastewater pumps were required, highly efficient models were selected, crated up and set sail bound for sunnier climes. Given the distance involved, as well as the relatively low amount of industrial facilities on the island, it was crucial to send top quality equipment with a long life-expectancy.

We would love to hear from you about any pump projects you may have as we can help and offer you the right solution.

Whether you are already in an island paradise or any other country, we would be delighted to help you.

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You are certainly helping us to keep our Air Miles flowing!

Recently, you have bought pumps for prestigious fountains all over the world from Las Vegas to Dubai, Australia’s Wellington Arch War Memorial to the National Police Memorial on Horse Guards Road in London and even Mrs Pluckett’s garden pond!

Do you need a water pump? If you do, call our lovely team on + 44 (0) 1442 860000 or send us an email.We look forward to hearing how we can help you…