ABB drives save 19,000 on pumping energy costs for United Utilities
A water pumping station in Lancashire is saving over £19,000 per year on its energy costs following the replacement of its existing Heenan variable-speed drives with new drives from ABB.
The Drummer's Lane water pumping station, owned by United Utilities, is an intermediate pumping station that is used to manage the distribution of water between Prescot and Aspel reservoirs. With three pumps, it can pump a maximum of 100 megalitres a day in either direction, allowing it to serve either the
Built in 1986, the station had three 400 kW variable-speed drives that had begun showing their age and were increasingly unreliable.
Tony Holden, field service engineer with United Utilities with responsibility for Drummer's Lane, says: "The incumbent drives were aging and the components were degrading in performance. They were also becoming increasingly expensive to maintain as the components became harder to source."
"We found that the drives were failing more often, as much as every six months. It was becoming unfeasible to continue with them any longer."
The drives were overheating and tripping out before they could achieve full power. This caused a severe problem for the pumping station when a fire broke out in one of the drive cabinets. "This put a major strain on the station," says Holden. "It was particularly bad as we had peak flow at the time because it was summer. This incident helped us decide that it was essential to replace the drives with a more modern solution."
United Utilities already had a long standing relationship with
Central performed an energy appraisal and found that running the pumps with
Gary Hickey of The Central Group says: "We installed three 400 kW
"We are very pleased with both the drives and the standard of work that The Central Group carried out," says Holden. "The drives were installed without a hitch and we now have a very reliable process as well as gaining significant energy savings."