Dowdens Pumping and Water Treatment have successfully designed, supplied, installed and commissioned a borehole pumping system to be used for dewatering Rio Tinto's Kestrel Coal Mine goaf (the cavity behind the longwall). Water was to be transferred to a nearby storage dam where it would be reused at the Coal Handling Preparation Plant.
Rio Tinto's project supply requirements included a bore pump, a rising column, a bore head, steel discharge pipe work, HDPE poly pipe to enable transfer to the storage dam, and all necessary associated valves, levels and flow monitoring equipment.
Project's Supply Scope:
- Bore depth of 312m
- Required flow rate of 100L/sec
- Pleuger 5 stage borehole submersible pump - complete with 500kW 3000v motor
- Operating duty of 100L/sec @ 345m TDH
- 200NB (Nominal Bore) flanged rising column - all fabricated in house at Dowdens Pumping and Water Treatment's Mackay workshop
- Submersible pressure transducer used for level monitoring
- 200NB surface discharge pipe work with isolation and air release valves - all fabricated in house at Dowdens Pumping and Water Treatment's Mackay workshop
- 280mm HDPE discharge poly pipe work from borehead to storage dam
- All design, fabrication, assembly and commissioning was undertaken by Dowdens Pumping and Water Treatment
Equipment Supplied by Rio Tinto:
- Electrical cable and controls