Atlas Copco Wins Award for Peruvian Flood Rescue Efforts
Atlas Copco has been commended by the Peruvian Government for helping communities recover from the devastating floods caused by the ‘Fenómeno del Niño’ storm. The Ministry of Labour of Peru recognised Atlas Copco’s efforts in the northern city of Piura at an awards ceremony for companies that provided immediate assistance in the wake of the natural disaster. The award grants Atlas Copco the distinctive denomination of S.O.S Company in Peru.
Atlas Copco supplied three different types of pumps to drain the flooded areas that were endangering public health (Image: Atlas Copco)
Heavy rains caused by so-called ‘Fenómeno del Niño’ left the North of Peru in an emergency situation, affecting almost 40,000 people. Atlas Copco supplied three different types of pumps (WEDA 70L 460V, ETP 50B and PAS 4 DDT-W220) to drain the flooded areas that were endangering public health. The work took place through an agreement signed by Colonel Jorge Uribe, Chief of the Army Heritage, and Stephen Cartwright, Atlas Copco’s Power Technique General Manager for the Latin America region.
The draining tasks were coordinated by Hidrostal, Atlas Copco’s distributor in the North of Peru, working very closely with Entidad Prestadora de Servicios de Saneamiento Grau (EPS Grau), a company responsible for the production and supply of portable water in the area. Following the signing of the agreement, Atlas Copco’s pumps began operating 24 hours a day.
“We are very grateful because the equipment offered by Atlas Copco has enabled proper work for the rehabilitation of the affected areas. The motor pump ETP 50B has been used in Las Gardenias, Santa Maria and Centro Urbano of Piura; while the submersible electric pump WEDA 70L has been used for damaged drains rehabilitation in the chamber of Miraflores and La Primavera,” said Roberto Sandoval, Manager of Operations and Maintenance EPS Grau.
Although the initial agreement allowed the pumps to be borrowed for 60 calendar days, the loan was later extended to 180 days due to the severity of the flooding and mudslides. This allowed workers to complete the restoration of affected areas of Piura.
“The Peruvian emergency situation demanded a quick response and we are delighted to have been able to reply with technology, technical knowledge and enthusiastic solidarity from our workers. Solidarity and social commitment are registered in our company’s heart, which allowed us to offer a prompt response to help Piura’s community to recover from such a devastated situation caused by a natural disaster. We are grateful to receive this recognition, which reaffirms our commitment to sustainable productivity,” explains Stephen Cartwright, Power Technique General Manager for the Latin America region.