Sunderland flood-busting business wins Thameswater pumping contract

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A SUNDERLAND company is helping one of the country’s biggest engineering projects keep the floods at bay.

DP World London Gateway is a massive new £1.5billion deep-water port on the banks of the Thames, capable of handling the world’s biggest container ships.

Castletown-based pump manufacturer Grundfos won a contract to provide a water pumping station to prevent flooding on the site.

Surface water will drain into a collection chamber which will be monitored by an ultrasonic level controller and the water will then be pumped away.

Grundfos general manager Lee Carlin said the contract had been a challenge: “Our pumping station is an important part of the London Gateway project.

“The idea behind the scheme is that surface water will drain into a collection chamber monitored by an Ultrasonic Level Controller,” he said.

“This information will be sent to the Programmable Logic Controller, which in turn will start the required pumps for the water to be pumped away to prevent flooding.

“It’s obviously a bespoke piece of engineering, and moving forward we’re looking to do more of this sort of work in Sunderland, to create fully-integrated solutions for customers as well as continuing to excel at high-volume manufacturing.”

When fully developed, London Gateway will be one of the UK’s largest ports, operating six berths, and with a total of 24 quay cranes. The project began construction in March 2010.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said the development would put the city back on the map as a truly international port: “London is set to regain its position as one of the world’s greatest ports, and establish itself once again as a gateway to world trade.

“This gargantuan site will create tens of thousands of jobs, whilst helping to drive continued prosperity for the UK.”

Grundfos, a Danish company, has been on Wearside since 1973 and employs 185 people at its Ferryboat Lane site.