Fairbanks Morse Pump won a roughly US$70 million contract to supply 13 pumps to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Greater New Orleans Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System.

The Kansas City, Kan., company said in a release that the contract is part of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex, a more than $500 million project that is a key component of the system, whose intermediate goal is to create a surge barrier, reducing the risk of storm surge for residents and businesses in the west bank area of New Orleans.

The pumps will handle all flows exiting from 22 miles of levees and flood walls and 10 pump stations into the Harvey and Algiers Canals for protection during a hurricane. Each pump is rated at 689,200 gallons a minute and is driven by 5,500-horsepower diesel engines, the release said. Delivery of the pumps is scheduled to start in early 2010 and end in 2011. Fairbanks said the pump station is expected to be the largest in the world.

Fairbanks has provided pumps for New Orleans before. In January 2007, the company won a US$22 million contract to provide 11 water pumps for the city’s 17th Street Canal. This was the company’s first New Orleans contract since Hurricane Katrina. Fairbanks Morse became a division of the water group for Pentair Inc. in 1997. Pentair is based in Golden Valley, Minn.

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