Dibis/Amsha Pump Stations
LOCATION: Kirkuk, Iraq
- Steve Bostic
CONSTRUCTION COST: $7.5 Million
- International Project
- Reduced Consumption
- Increased System Efficiency
- 24 Million Gallons Per Day
Millennium Relief & Development Services (MRDS) in Kirkuk, Iraq, commissioned LDA Engineering to design two major pumping stations located in Iraq: Dibis station and Amsha station. When the project started, only six out of 16 existing pumps were functional. A majority of these pumps were old, and several dated back to 1955. The three water treatment plants in the Dibis area were unable to convey their full plant capacity due to inadequate infrastructure. These 16 outdated pumps were replaced with six new 800-horsepower vertical turbine pumps, offering cost savings and high efficiency with no additional housing structures required. In combining the pumping facilities of three existing water treatment plants, a total capacity of 24 million gallons (imperial) per day was achieved.
Additional components of the project included construction of a new clear well; a new high-lift pumping station to lower operating pressure; a chlorination facility to eliminate the need for three separate disinfection processes; and an intermediate pumping station. In addition to reducing the number of pumps at the Dibis station, the discharge pressure was lowered from 1100 PSI (pounds/square inch) to 250 PSI. This provided a significant advantage, reducing maintenance costs and electrical consumption.
The nerve center of the project is the instrumentation and controls. All pumps are now computer controlled, and station data is transmitted by radio signal to the central computer.Back to Projects