Sykes Pumps

Sykes provides pump hire solutions as key sectors battle through lockdown

While the lockdown imposed by the government has been essential to tackling the COVID-19 epidemic, for many people, businesses and services, it has not quite been as simple as just staying indoors. The healthcare sector has rightly been praised for its resoluteness in recent weeks and is one of many industries that has had no option but to carry on during these unparalleled times.

Key workers are defined as people whose jobs are vital to public health and safety, with the Government ensuring that they are able to carry out their responsibilities with as little restriction as possible. These include utility and construction workers, as well as those providing key public services like transport and national security. read more

Our new website is now up and running!

We are excited to introduce our new website, which has been designed to improve customer experiences by simplifying navigational processes to help visitors find the information they are looking for more quickly.

Our decision to upgrade and modernise was driven by a desire to make our website more user-friendly, with a particular focus on enhancing its appearance and responsiveness.

The inclusion of a sophisticated search functionality directs customers to browse based on their required product, industry and location, providing instant and relevant results tailored to each individual request.

We have made significant changes to the way in which information is presented, with textual content concisely broken down to ensure it is easy to understand and absorb.

Engaging visuals, videos and photography complement written material to give each page an orderly and uncluttered feel, providing users with a more serene experience when using our website. The use of strong images also allows customers to ascertain whether they have found whatever they are looking for at a glance, negating the need to scan text that might not be applicable to them.

Special attention has been paid to boosting the responsiveness of our website and ensuring that pages load quickly across all devices. Each page automatically scales its content and features to match the screen size of the platform in which it is being viewed – whether that be on a desktop, mobile phone or tablet. read more

New corporate video added to our website

We are happy to introduce a short video that gives our customers a greater insight into the scale of the company’s operationality, our impressive heritage and the industries in which we work. The production gives viewers a brief overview of the Andrews Sykes Group and references our many locations across Europe and the Middle East. read more

Sykes Pumps provides dewatering solution for water main project

Seeking a bespoke solution to assist the construction of a major new water supply, a well-known contractor based in Cumbria contacted Sykes Pumps for a high capacity dewatering operation.

As the project involved the construction of a twin 30km pipeline to enable unaided flow between a reservoir and a new water treatment centre, the client sought an effective and reliable pump hire arrangement that could be managed by their site team.

Jonathan King said: “The client contacted us with the idea of creating wells along the route of their excavation where we could locate pumps to dewater below the excavation depth. It was an unusual proposal but the proximity of natural water courses and seasonal rain levels in Cumbria meant that dewatering the area was a significant challenge.

“Our role was to develop the customer’s idea into a viable solution and install the equipment to provide reliable dewatering infrastructure that could be managed by the client’s team on site.”

Six wells were dug, each to a depth of six metres, with a P701 electric submersible pump designated to each well. Providing flow rates of up to nine litres per second, these units can operate at heads of 16 metres and offer a robust solution in scenarios where constant use is required. A further nine 3” SP30 submersibles were deployed nearby, ensuring the presence of water was removed to allow the installation of pipework.

We also supplied ten Super Wispaset diesel pumps which were situated on the opposite side of the excavation area to that of the submersible units.

Explaining the decision to use diesel units in this manner, Jonathan King said: “In this area of the site, the power connections to electrical submersible pumps would have needed to run across the dig area, so, for safety reasons, we opted for diesel pumps here. These were supplied as bunded pumps to avoid any risk of fuel spillage and we provided toolbox talks for the client’s site teams to ensure that operatives were familiar with safe and efficient operating requirements for all the equipment installed.”

A Sykes engineer revisited site on a fortnightly basis to assess the performance of our pumps and ensure they continue to perform as expected. Guaranteeing a four-hour response time throughout the project’s duration, we afforded the client maximum peace of mind and designed a flexible pump hire arrangement that allows seamless movement to new locations as and when required. read more

Ongoing Hinkley Point C project requires Sykes dewatering solution

The sheer scale of Hinkley Point presents its fair share of challenges, necessitating that the experts at Sykes Pumps oversee the site’s far-reaching dewatering requirements.

One of the difficulties of managing a site of this size and scope, particularly given its coastal location, and proximity to natural water courses, is taking rainfall and tidal surges into consideration. To help achieve this, the lead contractor has divided the vast site into six water managements zones (WMZ) and enlisted the help of Sykes Pumps, to provide the varied pumping solutions required.

One of the first tasks for Sykes was to provide a solution to manage the huge surges in flow caused by the tide during construction of the sea wall.

A spokesperson for the contractor explains: “At high tide we needed to be able to pump 350 litres of water per second away from the site. The best approach for this was a submersible pump designed for high flow rates and high heads, which is exactly what Sykes Pumps provided.

“The provision for each WMZ is based on 100-year storm levels; using data from the last century, we have considered what the worst case scenario would be if rainfall were to be as bad as it has ever been over that 100-year period and we then provided Sykes Pumps with the maximum flow rate requirements based on those calculations.

“Some of the excavations are as deep as 35 metres, which means a lot of water silt and sediment. That’s why water storage lagoons are a critical element of the water management strategy, allowing us to test the water before it’s returned to natural water courses.”

The water pump experts provided 3 x PX30 heavy duty electric submersible pumps capable of pumping 350 litres per second and heads of up to 70 metres. These low-maintenance pumps are simple to install and extremely robust, making them ideal for such a busy site.

With these requirements in mind, the contractor has hired super silenced Super Wispaset 100 4″ diesel pumps and super silenced Super Wispaset 150 6″ pumps from Sykes Pumps, for various locations around the site to pump groundwater and rainwater into ‘dirty’ water storage lagoons.

All the pumps are fully-bunded units to ensure that there can be no oil leaks and many have been provided with dedicated fuel cubes, with daily checks carried out.

Most of the pumps have been provided with a float switch-based control system to ensure that they will always kick in automatically should water levels rise, without running unnecessarily during periods of drier weather. This cuts energy costs and reduces the day-to-day management required.

The company has also bought a number of specially-modified surface mounted electric pumps to manage the ground water in each of the WMZ. These will be used in combination with specialist filtration units, which have been specifically designed to separate suspended solids and sediment from water before it is released back into natural water courses. The cleaned water can then be tested for impurities before being discharged.

A total of 14 modified electric surface mounted pumps for deployment across the six WMZ have subsequently been ordered; seven 22kW units and seven 55kW units. These have been modified to include an automated priming system, converting the units to automatic self-priming pumps. The company has also added ultra-sonic control systems with a control room housed in a container unit for each WMZ. The Sykes Pumps engineer involved in designing and implementing the modifications, Bob Lima, has commissioned each of the pumps and delivered training to the site operatives on managing the control system.

Bob explains: “The control systems mean they are extremely low maintenance and will respond rapidly to water conditions in real time. Each WMZ has been specified with a pumping capacity that meets the maximum 100-year resilience required for the specific location, with automated adjustments to flow rates and rapid start of up of the pumps with automated priming.

“The system also provides fault monitoring and the flow will automatically switch from duty pump to standby in real time if a fault is detected, enabling the on-site team to call our engineers out for a maintenance visit.”

The ultra-sonic controls fitted to the surface-mounted electric pumps work on a Windows-based system that collects weather data and predicts water levels based on rainfall patterns, adjusting the flow rate in-line with water storage lagoon levels.

Concluding, a spokesperson for the project explains: “This is much more than a pump hire agreement because of the size and complexity of the site. In addition to the right equipment, Sykes Pumps has provided us with a consultancy-based service that ensures we have the right solutions in place for different areas of the site and the varying pumping needs of different elements of the construction programme.” read more

Sykes Pumps responds to burst water main in Kent

When a burst water main in Kent threatened to impede road users at a busy roundabout junction, a major water contractor responded quickly to address the issue.

The problem intensified with every passing minute and led to significant volumes of water creating puddles and subsequent disruption caused by the need for traffic to be diverted away from the area in question.

With immediate action required, the contractor chose to use one of our Rapid Response pumps which was on standby at their local yard. Our client retains the pump on a long-term hire, with its ability to be legally towed by any medium-sized vehicle enabling customer sites to be reached within minutes of a callout.

This particular pump has been specifically designed for emergency scenarios and offers huge pumping capacities of up to 130,000 litres for every hour of use. The unit’s size and portability negate the need for transportation via lorry while a built-in 35-litre fuel tank allows continuous operation for up to 24 hours.

Our pump was positioned in the centre of the affected roundabout and was immediately operational, removing tens of thousands of litres of water from the road. The presence of our unit allowed engineers to conduct repairs on damaged pipework before the flow of water was completed stemmed.

The contractor – a frequent hirer of our Rapid Response pump – was very satisfied with the impact our unit made and the flexibility it provides in emergency situations such as this. Like most utility companies, our customer is expected to operate to very tight KPIs that obligate responding to an issue within a strict timeframe.

The pump was only required on site for approximately 48 hours on this occasion, but its swift deployment allowed the problem to be dealt with more efficiently than would have been possible with a standard site-chassis unit.

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Sykes provides overpumping solution for Pooley Bridge reconstruction

Sykes Pumps is helping to enable the construction of a new bridge in the Lake District village of Pooley Bridge, after the 18th century structure the village was named after was destroyed by Storm Desmond in 2015.

The village has been served by a temporary bridge for the past five years, but now a national civil engineering company is constructing a new bridge for Cumbria County Council, restoring a permanent crossing and creating a landmark in the same location as the original crossing. Pre-fabricated off site for modular construction in four sections, the new stainless steel structure at Pooley Bridge will be the first of its kind in the UK.

After replacing the temporary road bridge with a temporary foot bridge, the team needed a dry and safe work area to remove the remains of the original bridge abutments from the River Eamont and build a coffer dam to enable the construction of new reinforced concrete abutments. This involved excavating to a depth of 2.5 metres below the water level, requiring a reliable overpumping solution capable of managing variable flows and keeping the work area dry, even if water levels rise due to heavy rainfall.

Sykes Pumps has provided two Super Wispaset 100 super silenced 4” diesel pumps, each with a maximum flow rate of 45 Litres per second. Located on the River’s east bank, the pumps are fully-bunded and noise-attenuated to minimise the project’s environmental impact, while offering sufficient capacity to cope with any leaks in the coffer dam and prevent the risk of it being breached. Sykes Pumps has also provided two Silt Away units, one connected to each pump, to remove silt from the water extracted from the river and ensure the water meets the cleanliness standards put in place by the Environment Agency when it is returned to the water course downstream.

The project has been supplied by Sykes Pumps’ Penrith depot and the hire contract includes fortnightly maintenance and servicing visits to ensure the equipment operates at optimum efficiency at all times. Pumps and ancillary equipment are expected to remain on site throughout the bridge construction programme, which is due to complete in summer 2020.

A spokesman for the engineering company commented: “This is an important project in more ways than one; it’s a first for this type of bridge construction in the UK, it’s restoring a vital local access route and it’s creating a new landmark for the village.

“We have used Sykes Pumps on many previous projects and trusted the company’s expertise to provide an overpumping solution that’s safe, environmentally-responsible and provides an optimised installation for the various phases of demolition, temporary works and construction. Sykes Pumps have provided us with an efficient and easy-to-use set up which is helping the project to run smoothly.” read more

Everything you need to know about accessories when hiring pumps

Sykes Pumps offers an extensive and comprehensive range of pumps for hire from its locations all around the UK.  In addition to the pumps available for hire, it is important that they are supported by a comprehensive and extensive fleet of ancillaries to provide a genuine pumping solution capability across a wide range of applications.

Accessories should not be taken for granted as the quality and capability of the range are critical for effective solutions to support pumping applications. Some of the key accessories that Sykes Pumps offer are highlighted below, providing safe, environmentally conscious solutions for customers in any scenario.

Hoses and Fittings

To ensure that a pumping system is operating effectively and efficiently, it is recommended that good quality hoses and fittings are utilised.  Pipe and hose diameters should be sized appropriately for the flow conditions to reduce friction losses and provide the optimum operating conditions.  The extent and type of fittings, such as bends, are also important considerations because of their potential for managing friction losses in a system.

Rubber wire armoured hose is normally used for suction pipework on general applications but can also be used for discharge runs. Layflat and poly hose should never be used on the suction side of the pump.

Most general pumping applications will utilise lever lock quick release type connections. The fittings are limited to a 6 bar working pressure, so flanged pipework should be used on any specialist pumps operating at higher generated heads exceeding this measurement (circa 60 metres).

Sykes Pumps’ experienced team of expert engineers can provide support in ensuring the optimum pipe size and configuration for any application.  We hold an extensive and comprehensive stock of quality hoses and pipes with a full range of related fittings for hire in both quick release and flanged connections.

Silt Away Units and Settlement Tanks

With an ever-increasing requirement for environmental protection, the Sykes Pumps fleet includes solutions that take any ecological impact into consideration. There is a growing need to ensure that any pump fluid from a site is screened for silt and solids to avoid contamination, which is where our range of settlement tanks comes in.

It is important to consider the flow into the settlement tank to ensure that incoming flows do not exceed the capacity and capability to discharge.

Sykes Pumps offer a range of settlement tanks for general applications that ensure that silt and fines are captured, guaranteeing a cleaner discharge. These are fitted with quick release fittings to simplify the set-up process on site. Lifting points also aid this process by facilitating precise placement.

We also offer clients our popular Silt Away unit, combining a larger volume capacity with enhanced separation capabilities. With a lamella platebox providing a greater settlement area, the Silt Away offers a higher volume of separation and ease of removal of solids captured.

Fuel Tanks

Stand-alone temporary fuel tanks provide diesel driven pumps and generators with a capability of running for longer periods, cutting refuelling requirements. This minimises the risk of spills during the refuelling process while reducing the need to access the equipment.

It is important to ensure that fuel lines from the engine to the fuel tank are protected from damage or tampering, while connections should also be routinely checked for leakages. Sykes Pumps can oversee this process and help implement the safest and most effective solution for your site. Additionally, the oil and water levels of diesel pumps should be checked daily.

We offer customers a wide selection of fuel tanks that have been specifically designed for use in environmentally sensitive applications. All tanks within our hire fleet are double bunded, guaranteeing our client complete protection even if internal leaks occur. A single unit is capable of offering customers capacities up to 3,000 litres, with every model in our range fully tested to ADR requirements for IBC standards.

Interceptor Drip Trays

Environmental authorities often insist on using these while working near waterways or when there is a risk of polluting groundwater – and the legislation is only becoming stricter.

Interceptor drip trays are the only proven systems available that allow rainwater to pass through while safely securing retained oil, fuel and other chemicals. Their highly effective design negates the need for filters or chemicals, giving you environmental protection throughout the entirety of a project.

Working on the principle that oil floats on water, the tray naturally separates the two by allowing the water to pass safely through the outlet hole. Even if pumps have a built-in interceptor drip tray, an additional full-length tray gives another layer of protection for extra peace of mind. The amount of oil and fuel retained in the tray is monitored by a gauge and, once full, can be removed by a licensed disposal company.

Sykes Pumps offer interceptor drip trays from each of our depots, with our local experts on hand to guide you towards the best course of action for eliminating the potential risks of contamination.

Road Ramps

Road ramps are deployed in scenarios where a run of hose needs to cross a roadway or pedestrian access. This simple solution enables vehicles to drive over the hose run without disrupting a pumping application or affecting other aspects of an operation.

It is important that road ramps are set up correctly on a level surface. When used in traffic areas, full signage and protection should be provided where appropriate. Your local Sykes Pumps depot will be able to discuss the most effective set-up for your application.

Capable of handling up to 22 tonnes, our heavy-duty road ramps are fully galvanised and weatherproof and can also be used to avert potential trip hazards in pedestrianised areas.

Control Panels

Our comprehensive range of control panels provides customers with the ultimate flexibility when managing their pumping applications. These proven accessories enable site operators to leave pumps running unattended for extensive periods, maintaining safety standards while reducing costs on electricity or fuel.

Sykes Pumps’ selection of control panels includes PLC panels, variable kW DOL panels, soft starters and variable speed drives – guaranteeing a solution for every project. In addition, level sensors provide an extra level of control for more advanced pumping solutions.

Our experts are constantly on hand to discuss the right solution for your application, with dozens of options available. Using soft start and variable speed drive panels to reduce start up current, for example, will reduce the size of a generator or load required on an existing supply. Utilising level control equipment and telemetry will allow the operator to remotely monitor a range of variables that could potentially affect pumping performance.

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Heaviest rainfall since 1996 necessitates Khansaheb Sykes’ help in UAE

Heavy downpours across the United Arab Emirates have brought much of the country to a standstill, breaking a 24-year record for rainfall in the region. The impact has been so severe that the Ministry of Infrastructure Development has allocated 20 task forces to monitor the situation, with people fearing for their businesses and livelihoods.

A spokesman for the federal authority explained: “The teams have been assigned to deal with three main tasks, which include the drainage of waterlogged roads, removing mud and heavy debris, as well as repairing roads that may have been damaged by the rain.”

Unsurprisingly, the last few days have been extremely busy for our Khansaheb Sykes engineers who have been working tirelessly to ensure the effects of flooding are minimised.

A trailer carrying 10 of our GP150M dewatering pumps was delivered to Ras Al Khaimah Municipality – one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE. These pumps are being used to remove flood water at numerous locations within the state and are providing vital relief to people based there.

Additionally, more than 50 dewatering pumps have been supplied to companies located within the worst affected areas and these are predominantly being used to remove surface water.

Ironically, the weather has been so severe that our own depot in Abu Dhabi has been affected. Fortunately, we have the means and resources to tackle the flooding and have been using our equipment on site to remove tens of thousands of litres of water.

While demand for our pumps has naturally surged, we have also provided drying equipment to a number of businesses in the area. The Midfield Terminal Complex within Abu Dhabi International Airport was badly affected by dampness, prompting us to arrange the hire of 20 building dehumidifiers which will accelerate the drying process. read more

Sewer renovation prompts Sykes Pumps to assist South West Water

Plans to upgrade sections of sewer in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, were reliant upon the assistance of specialist hire company Sykes Pumps. The sewer’s original pipework was laid in 1996, prompting South West Water to conduct a major maintenance project to ensure the integrity of the concrete was protected going forward.

Over time, untreated sewage and effluents of a low pH can cause anaerobic conditions to prevail within the pipework – meaning there is an oxygen deficiency. This produces hydrogen sulphide gas in the sewage which causes irreversible damage to the concrete pipework in poorly ventilated enclosed sewerage systems.

As a result, pipework spanning more than a mile requires relining in a planned project expected to be completed by April 2020. The work is being done in seven phases, with each scheduled to last approximately a fortnight.

In order to maintain the identified sections of pipework, an overpumping rental solution was necessary to ensure sewage could bypass the areas in which improvements were being carried out. Having assessed the needs of our client, we proposed the installation of two electric UV301M self-priming wastewater pumps. It was felt that a single unit would be sufficient for the duration of the scheme, but a second unit was supplied to guarantee that higher flow rates could be accommodated if necessary.

For contingency purposes, we also provided the client with two additional 8” Super Wispaset 200 diesel powered pumps which were delivered to site as a back-up pumping solution.

To date, our equipment has allowed the client to use advanced technology which involves the application of an epoxy resin to existing pipework. This method creates an impermeable lining on the concrete without the need for digging trenches, thus minimising disruption to local residents.

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