Pump Hire


At Sykes Pumps, we understand the unique challenges facing those who work in refineries. With increased levels of security and health and safety considerations, it is vital that any pump hire provider offers not just a suitable solution but the highest quality equipment together with staff who are trained and experienced in the ways of site working. As the most experienced pump hire provider in the UK we have direct experience of managing fully exclusive contracts within refineries and also supplying intermittent requirements to most of the UK’s leading sites.

Our Service

The requirements of refineries are both demanding and unique. We understand that a totally different approach is required to these environments and the risks associated with working within them. That is why all of our engineers are trained to work in such environments and understand the working practices commonly used.

Whether it is the need for spark arrestors and chalwyn valves in zoned areas, or understanding what items cannot be brought onto site or into specific locations, our experience and training ensures that simple, but potentially dangerous, errors do not occur.

Not only is the working environment a key consideration but the applications within refineries are often quite complex and mission critical. Again, our extensive experience means that we are able to advise on the best pumps and accessories configuration whether the requirement is for the movement of large volumes of water, protection of the site with a fire main or perhaps the transfer of hazardous or viscous fluids.

With a network of depots across the UK, we are close enough to be able to give you the service demanded of a local supplier but large enough to be able to draw upon a national stockholding of pumps and accessories and expertise and experience of our engineering teams.

Temporary fire pumps

Disaster management on refineries and industrial applications includes the prevention of spillages, equipment breakdown but perhaps most crucially – fires. At Sykes Pumps, we regularly provide customers with temporary fire installations when their existing systems break down or require maintenance. Although we are renowned for supplying equipment, we also have the expertise to conduct tests which help ensure our solution satisfies a client’s intended programme.

Our high performance units are ideal for specialist use and designed to meet a wide range of duties and requirements. Our range includes medium and high head pumps and pumps capable of moveing in excess of 220l/s, making them extremely well-suited to emergency situations where vast quantities of water are needed.

We understand that our pumps may have to be modified to a flooded suction configuration in order to be compatible with original fire protection arrangement. This allows vital repairs to take place without leaving an application exposed to the risk of fire. With unrivalled levels of experience in delivering and installing alternative pumps, we are able to keep refineries and similar resources online when they might otherwise have to shut down for a period of time.

Hydraulic water testing

When new storage tanks and cylinders are manufactured, they must be scrupulously assessed prior to being commissioned. Whether these are designed to contain liquids or compressed gases, it is imperative that they are checked for faults and potential leakages. By hydraulically testing pipework and main components, you can discover problems before it costs you money, resources and the time to rectify any issue.

Our pumps are frequently used to ensure pressure vessels are fit for purpose, and drive water through plumbing, boilers and mechanical systems to detect unwanted outflow. Compression tightness can also be analysed by shutting off a supply valve and checking to see if there is a subsequent loss in pressure. These processes are generally carried out to verify safety standards have been adhered to, and that tanks and pipes can withstand long-term use.

Our vastly experienced engineers are capable of determining the best pumping system for your premises, irrespective of its use or purpose. We will appraise, advise, deliver and implement all equipment needed to assist your procedure and pledge to have processed all enquiries within a four hour time frame. To arrange a free site survey conducted by a seasoned professional or to discuss the advantages of pump hire, call us now on 0800 211 611.

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Our range

General Purpose Pumps

Our automatic self-priming GP pumps can handle clean water, sludge and slurry, offering flexible solutions in a multitude of scenarios

Super Silenced Range

The Sykes range of silenced pumps provides clients with a number of durable units suitable for deployment in noise-sensitive applications

High Performance

Capable of flow rates of up to 375 l/s, these high performance pumps are ideal for specialist applications including jetting, pipe flushing and firefighting

Bentonite Pumps

Our Bentonite range features heavy duty pumps that have been manufactured with slurries and testing environments in mind

Submersible Drainage Pumps

Offering variable capacities and easy handling, our submersible drainage range is frequently used on quarries, mines and shipyards

Submersible Wastewater

Featuring more than twenty unique pumps, our submersible wastewater range offers cost-efficient pumping with flow rates up to 440 l/s

Submersible Sludge Pumps

Sykes’ submersible sludge pumps are intended for applications where the fluid present contains solids or has a higher viscosity than water

Hydraulic Submersible

Strong and lightweight, our hydraulic submersible pumps are perfect for hazardous environments where suction lifts exceed nine metres

Air Pumps

Known as pneumatic pumps, these hardwearing air units are recognised for their exceptional reliability and capacity to operate dry

Hoses and Accessories

We stock a full range of ancillary equipment including hoses, valves, control panels, steel pipes, polythene tubing, flow metres and road ramps

Environmental Equipment

This modern range allows clients to uphold their environmental responsibilities and move water, wastewater and sludge in sensitive areas