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Fueling dewatering pumps
10 TransCube tanks
Stock solution with international approvals
As part of a $5 billion project to triple the shipping capacity of the Panama Canal, Xylem was asked to move water to where it was needed. A lot of water. Newly completed lock basins had to be filled with 1.7 billion gallons from the canal. With rigorous approvals and mobility of fuel supply key – plus long, uninterruptible run times, it was quite a challenge.
It would mean connecting fifteen huge Godwin dewatering pumps to a sustainable fuel source, via 2.5 miles of 18-inch pipeline in challenging terrain. The schedule was tight and mission-critical to keeping the project and one of the world’s busiest shipping routes running.
Existing international approvals allowed multiple pumps to be connected to each TransCube tank via a high-density polyethylene pipeline. We supplied ten of them, easily positioned right on the waterside, each holding 552-gallons of reliable fuel to power the pumps.
This solution significantly increased run times, enabling Xylem to transfer over 120-million gallons of water a day. After just 22-days the lock basins were filled with 1.7 billion gallons and ready to welcome the huge New Panamax class of ships.