TransCube Fuels Panama Canal Expansion Project
Xylem, a manufacturer of water moving solutions, used TransCubes to fuel their Godwin dewatering pumps for a $5 billion project to expand the capacity of the Panama Canal.
In 2007, a $5 billion project to triple the shipping capacity of the Panama Canal. As 90% of the world’s goods travel by sea, this would significantly impact the travel of goods internationally. This expansion sought to create a third set of lock basins which would allow for larger ships to pass through the Canal.
Xylem, a manufacturer of water moving solutions, was contracted to fill the lock basins with 1.7 billion gallons of water. For a project of this size, Xylem would need onsite fuel storage for their dewatering pumps. They wanted a fuel storage solution that could support long run times, meet the rigorous approvals that come with working near a body of water and be easily transported around the work site.
Xylem used their Godwin dewatering pumps along with Western Global’s 552-gallon TransCube 20TCG fuel tanks to fuel their equipment. To transfer the massive amounts of water into the lock basins, Xylem connected 10+ TransCubes to their 15 diesel-powered 10,000 GPM Godwin pumps with 2.5 miles of 18-inch high-density polyethylene pipeline. The TransCube’s international approvals allowed them to directly connect multiple pumps to each TransCube right on the water. On top of that, the mobility of the TransCube provided hassle-free installation for the logistically challenging terrain.
The TransCube significantly increased the run times of the pumps, allowing them to transfer 122 million gallons of water per day. The TransCube’s usability assisted Xylem in transferring a total of 1.7 billion gallons of water into the lock basins in just 22 days. After almost 10 years of work, the Panama Canal Expansion Project was completed on June 26, 2016. Since the completion of the expansion, the Panama Canal has seen a 12 percent increase in tonnage, a 7 percent increase in transits and a 6 percent increase in overall revenue.