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Industrial Penstocks win contract race in Dubai

Posted: Thursday 2nd October 2014

A groundbreaking new design has helped Industrial Penstocks (part of F J Holdings Ltd) win an important new contract in Dubai to design, manufacture, supply and supervise the installation of a high-head special stainless steel grade 316 Penstock.

Located at a wastewater pumping station in Nad Al Sheba, best known for its horse racing course, the 2400mm x 2400mm square Penstock was designed to suit a 15m on-and-off-seating head.

Utilising the very latest in CAD and FEA (finite element analysis) software, Industrial Penstocks says it is pushing penstock design further than other manufacturers to meet the exacting requirements in the Middle East for greatly reduced leakage tolerances.

Paul Higginson, Director at Industrial Penstocks explained: “Despite strong competition, we demonstrated our proven high-head design track record to win this contract – and showed that we are able to fully comply with the Dubai Municipality’s specification”.

He added: “The tolerances that are specified in the Gulf States are far more testing than anywhere else in the world, but we have geared ourselves up to meet the challenge and go beyond”

The on-site hydraulic test in Dubai recorded that the design, manufacture and installation of the Penstock performed a near drop-tight solution. Results recorded were 50% less than allowed.

The Penstock is the second of its kind in the region to be supplied and installed by Industrial Penstocks. The inaugural Penstock was also 2400mm x 2400mm sq, though suitable for a 21.5m on-and-off-seating head.

Industrial Penstocks has also previously supplied heavy-duty 2000mm diameter, 16 bar rated knife gates valves at the Al Wathba wastewater treatment plant in Abu Dhabi, as well as 96 Special Duplex Stainless Steel Penstocks for the Ras Az Zawr Desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

In addition to Industrial Penstocks, FJ Holdings also offers fluid control expertise through its expanding group of companies, including: IVL Flow Control, Industrial Valves, Ham Baker Adams and Industrial Pipeline Solutions.

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