The US$450 million tunnel project is necessary to protect the water supply of Las Vegas and surrounding municipalities.
Vegas Tunnel Constructors selected Georgia-based GIW Industries to supply eight pump systems, seven of which will pump slurry through the tunnel’s closed-loop circuit. The eighth GIW pump will be located in the processing plant at the shaft’s surface.
GIW will start installing the pumps in April or May 2010. The pumps, each with an assembled weight of 24 000 pounds, will be strategically placed along the wall of the tunnel. The seven GIW high pressure LSA36 pumps will be placed in series to remove the excavated material from the tunnel.