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Heavy Duty Dewatering Pump for a Remote Colombian Mining Operation


Heavy Duty Dewatering Pump for a Remote Colombian Mining Operation

A coal mining operation in Colombia required a major dewatering pump. The engineers at this massive, open-cut mine in the South American countryside needed a heavy-duty pump that could handle an extra high head of over 170 meters. More importantly, it needed to be very reliable and operate 24 hours a day continuous duty.

William Hinson, from the AllightPrimax location out of Charlotte, South Carolina, traveled to Colombia to help install a heavy duty dewatering solution at the mine. With support from Darren Coles, AllightSykes International Business Manager, Hinson had recommended an XH200 pontoon-mounted pump, driven by an SA-700 HP electric motor at 56HZ.

“This heavy-duty AllightPrimax industrial pump, with a powerful electric motor, is perfect for dewatering an open cut mine that’s nearly 200 meters deep in some places,” explained Coles. “William personally supervised the installation and commission process, sharing his vast expertise, and working closely with the local team to set it up properly. He ensure the pump was working well, and his personal service really helped build the relationship.”

The client was so happy with the results and the great customer service they received from the AllightPrimax team, that they’ve already ordered two more pontoon-mounted pumps with the same extra high-head capacity. The AllightPrimax pumps include some very special custom-made features, as they were specifically built to perfectly match the application.

“These pumps need to operate continuously in a remote location, so they’re under pressure to consistently perform,” shares Coles. “If there were any unexpected breakdown, consequent repair would be a very expensive proposition – not to mention the logistical difficulties of executing a repair in that isolated region.”

The AllighPrimax team brainstormed this operational necessity and fitted the XH200 pump with a gland packed option, complete with an auto-greaser. This provides added lubrication at start-up, ensures reliable priming and helps avoid excessive wear and tear. “This clever configuration will potentially provide significant savings over the long life of the pump,” declares Coles proudly. William added, “the 316 stainless steel internals of the pump will mitigate corrosion that cast iron or carbon steel components would usually experience in that particular environment.”

The heavy-duty AllightPrimax pump has been a great success and now dewaters 24/7. To learn more about mine-site dewatering in the USA or South America, email our international pump team directly or visit our website.

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