Multi-Million Dollar Panama Canal Project is Awarded to Xylem
Xylem Inc., an industry leader in fluid technology applications and water solutions, will be providing its heavy-duty Godwin dewatering pumps to the Panama Canal Expansion Project that is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2016. The dewatering pumps will fill the third set of basin locks on the Pacific Ocean sector with 1.7 billion gallons of water. The process will begin with performance trials for the system before being commissioned. When completed, it will include a new traffic lane and two new lock complexes which will double the capacity of the canal.
This is the second project awarded to Xylem under the Panama Canal Expansion Project. The pump manufacturer also supplied 64 Flygt mixers that are meant to prevent the formation of corrosive deposits on the rolling gates during installation.
Xylem contributed 15 Godwin diesel-driven pumps to the project. In June, the pumps transported up to 122 gallons of water each day in order to fill the third set of locks on the Pacific Ocean.
The pump manufacturer’s engineers will be designing and installing the system which includes more than 2.5 miles of 18-inch, high-density polyethylene pipeline that will be able to handle massive amounts of water. Xylem is also supervising the performance of the 15 Godwin pumps that use a remote monitoring system called Field Smart Technology.
The third set of basic locks will save water and improve efficiency, using seven percent less water, while recycling 60 percent of the water used in the operation.
“Xylem is providing its global experience at a local level,” says Jorge Alvarado, managing director for Xylem Latin America North. “With the world’s largest inventory of rental pumps and related equipment, Xylem has the ability to mobilize our vast resources quickly. In combination with the local presence and engagement of our Panama-based team, we are able to rapidly deliver the quality services demanded by the ACP for the execution of the Expansion Project.”