U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Selects Screens for New Orleans Pumping Project

Sept. 26, 2013
The pumping stations are slated for completion in 2017

Infilco Degremont Inc. has been selected to design and supply Climber Screen mechanical bar screens for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) facilities, near Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, La.

As part of this effort, Infilco Degremont will design and supply 17 mechanical bar screens for channel debris removal, which will provide frontline protection and safeguard the integrity of the three pump stations. The screens will handle an aggregate flow of 15.7 billion gal per day and will vary between 24 and 29 ft in width. With 17 units each reaching a depth of 48 ft, PCCP will be one of the largest screening projects undertaken by Infilco to date.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers selected PCCP Constructors, a joint venture consisting of Kiewit Louisiana Co., Traylor Bros. Inc., and the M.R. Pittman group LLC, for the construction of three facilities that will provide permanent risk reduction from heavy tropical rainstorms and 100-year storm surge events, in replacement of the interim closure pumps and structures installed after Hurricane Katrina.

The three new permanent facilities will be located at the London Ave., Orleans Ave. and 17th Street outfall canals and will form one of the largest drainage pumping station projects in the world. At a cost of approximately $615 million, the pumping stations are slated for completion in 2017.

“We have very strong ties to the greater New Orleans area, where we have installed more than one hundred Climber Screen units over the last 25 years,” said Infilco CEO Maximilien Pellegrini. “Infilco is extremely proud to be a part of this latest hurricane flood damage risk reduction project that will provide vital protection to the city.“

Source: Infilco Degremont