Bedford Pumps wins Welsh pumping station project

UK-based pump manufacturer Bedford Pumps Ltd is to supply six high energy suspended bowl pumps for a new water pumping station near Usk in Monmouthshire, Wales.

The pumps for the Prioress Mill River Water Extraction Pumping Station will extract water from the River Usk to Llandegfedd Reservoir, approximately 4.5km away. The reservoir supplies Sluvad Water Treatment Works (WTW) which in turn supplies a large proportion of South East Wales.

The contract between Bedford Pumps and Skanska, in partnership with Arcadis as the Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Capital Delivery Partners, covers the design, manufacture and testing of four high flow 1.7 MW pumpsets, and two low flow 710 kW vertically suspended bowl pumps. The pumps are sized to accommodate the maximum licenced abstraction rates from the river Usk throughout the annual cycle.

The high flow pumpsets have an installed weight of over 20 000 kg.

Bedford Pumps worked with supply chain partners WEG Electric Motors (UK) Ltd, The Michell Bearing Co and AESEAL.