Major Order for Irrigation Project in Libya

16.11.2001

In October, a consortium led by the Frankenthal KSB Fluid Systems GmbH was awarded a contract worth DM 135 million for the turnkey construction of a water pumping station in Libya. The value of KSB's own work amounts to some DM 50 million.

The order covers the complete electromechanical equipment as well as operation and service of the station for a period of twelve months. In the scope of the "Great Man-made River Project", which was started as early as 1984, the pumping station will transfer ground water from the Libyan Sahara to the agricultural production centres on the coast. The water will help develop new arable land in this region.

Via a pipeline of 37 km, seven large pumps, each with a 2400 kW drive rating, will be pumping 770,000 m³ of raw water per day to a storage reservoir of 1.3 km in diameter. More than 500 valves will be installed in this pumping station, the largest having nominal diameters of up to 2800 mm. Eight surge vessels with a volume of 250 m³ will prevent potential surge pressures in the plant during start-up and shutdown as well as in case of emergency stopping.

Supply and construction are scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2004. Following completion, KSB Fluid Systems engineers will service the plant and provide technical support for a period of one year.

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