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Posted: Tuesday 28th June 2016

An electric pump supplied by Sykes Pumps has passed a two-year milestone of 24/7 operation on site at Tarmac's Eaton Quarry in Cheshire without a single defect or downtime incident.

Supplied for stockpile dewatering at the silica sand quarry, the GP150 electric pump removes excess water from the sand after it is dredged from the lake at the quarry, before it enters the dryers on site. The pump's vacuum draws the excess water through an underground pipe network then discharges the water into a freshwater pond on site, at a maximum flow rate of 90 litres/second.

Tarmac already hires pumps from Sykes at a number of quarries and the company's monthly servicing visits within the hire fee and one-hour response commitment from its Stoke-on-Trent depot helped secure the Eaton Quarry dewatering contract.

Explains quarry supervisor, Andy Gibson: "The reliability of the de-watering pump is vital, all of which needs to be de-watered before it enters the dryers.

"Reliability of the pump on hire from Sykes so critical to our operational efficiency, and the production of a high quality product."

The Tarmac team on site is responsible for daily checks on the pump and can call the Sykes Pumps team out at any time if they have any maintenance concerns Andy adds: "With Sykes we can not only be confident of a correctly specified and reliable machine from day one, we also have the peace of mind that comes with great service, technical back up and regular maintenance visits."

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