Xylem Water Solutions UK has won the award for ‘Environmental Contribution of the Year’ at the 2014 Pump Industry Awards, for its energy audit and subsequent upgrade work at a Scottish pumping station. Held at the Chesford Grange hotel in Warwickshire, on Thursday 27th March, the awards recognise outstanding achievements of key players within the UK pumping industry . Xylem won the award for the work it undertook in partnership with Veolia Water on South Balmossie pumping station, Angus, with a view to significantly reducing its carbon footprint and operational maintenance costs. Over the course of three months, Xylem was able to reduce the station’s Specific Energy (kwh/m³) by 10%, wet well operating levels by 40%, and overall operational levels by 82%. This was achieved through a series of energy and equipment audits to determine the areas which were affecting efficiency levels, before installing two new Flygt NT3400 250kW pumps accompanied by variable frequency drives and Flygt MAS monitoring and analyser units. As a result, South Balmossie pumping station was able to save £3,719 in monthly energy bills alone and overall annual operational expenses were reduced by £239,236 – an unprecedented 25 per cent and the equivalent of 14.2 tonnes of CO 2 a month. David White, energy manager at Xylem Water Solutions UK, comments: “As a manufacturer of pumping and monitoring equipment, the Pump Industry Awards are one of the most respected benchmarks of performance and support, so to win the award is a true accolade. “The South Balmossie pumping station was in desperate need of maintenance so to not only rectify the issues and restore it to full functionality, but actually reduce operational costs by a quarter was very satisfying. This was a true team effort and I’d like to extend my thanks to all of our engineers who worked on the project, and to Veolia Water for supporting the installation.”
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