Fairbanks Morse to Supply Pumps for Flood Control in New Orleans

July 16, 2009
Company is supplying 13 pumps, each rated at 689,200 gpm

Fairbanks Morse Pump has been awarded a contract for approximately $70,000,000 to supply thirteen 140-in. model 6310 axial flow propeller pumps to The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for New Orleans. The contract is a part of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex, a more than $500-million project. This project will function as a major component of the Greater New Orleans Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS), with emphasis on achieving the intermediate goal of surge barrier, reducing the risk of storm surge for residents and businesses in the west bank area of New Orleans.

These massive pumps will handle all flows exiting from 22 miles of levees/floodwalls and ten pump stations into the Harvey and Algiers Canals, offering protection during a hurricane event. Each pump is rated at 689,200 gal per minute (gpm) and is driven by 5,500-hp diesel engines via right angle gear drives. Delivery of the pumps is set to commence in early 2010 and culminate in 2011. Equipment will be provided through Parson & Sanderson, Inc. and installed by M. R. Pittman Group, LLC of Harahan, La. This pump station is expected to be the largest pump station in the world, according to Fairbanks Morse.

Source: Fairbanks Morse Pump