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POWERING PUMPS: FASTER FUELING ON THE PANAMA CANAL

Location

Panama Canal

Demand

Fueling dewatering pumps

Solution

10 TransCube tanks

Response

Stock solution with international approvals

“Connecting huge dewatering pumps to a sustainable fuel source, via 2.5 miles of pipeline in challenging terrain”

Faster fill: 1.7 billion gallons

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.

Project Solution

Meeting and beating deadline

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.

The Product

TransCube holding 552-gallons

TransCube Global
“Existing international approvals allowed multiple pumps to be connected”

The Results

Simple solution - Existing approvals for challenging terrain
Higher efficiency - Longer run times between refueling
Logistics - Easily transportable to precise location
Flexible technology - Fueling multiple pumps simultaneously
Ready - Based on proven TransCube solution
“This solution significantly increased run times, enabling Xylem to transfer over 120-million gallons of water a day”

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