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Dual Fuel Pumps

Alpeco developed a bespoke dual fuel pump unit for DRS Daventry so the pump duty could be shared, and the unit could still operate if one of the pumps was having routine maintenance

Direct Rail Services (DRS), a freight operating company wanted to upgrade and extend its fuel holding facility at their major depot in Daventry.

Edinburgh based James Blake & Co (Engineers) Limited were commissioned to supply a new refuelling unit and approached Alpeco to design a bespoke dual pump unit so the pump duty could be shared, and the unit could still operate if one of the pumps is having routine maintenance. The Alpeco made-to-measure unit was to be integrated into a purpose built enclosure on the side of the Blake & Co manufactured storage tank.

The system was fitted with a 2” Liquid Controls positive displacement flow meter complete with strainer, air eliminator, pre-set and printer. The mechanical Veeder Root counter with pulsar fitted so the litre count can be fed into the fuel software. The system was fitted with a 25m capacity hose reel. The skid frame fitted within a space of 1500mm by 1200mm.

The unit comprises;

  • Single inlet and storage tank
  • Two way valve for pump A or B
  • In line filters
  • Gate valves to the filters can be replaced whilst the other is in use
  • 2.2kw motors close coupled to a centrifugal pump
  • Two way valve to direct from A or B pump to the flow meter
  • 2” LC positive displacement flowmeters with air eliminator, preset counter and printer
  • Bobbin style hose reel
  • 25mts of 1.5” hose
  • 3 phase control panel

The installation of Alpeco skid units and pumps which were linked to an OFST 200 integrally bunded storage tank as required by the EA and SEPA whose responsibility it is to ensure compliance with Oil Storage Regulations. Indeed, the bunded tank used by the Blake/Alpeco consortium is the only standard tank that fully complies with the relevant controlling legislation.

The project went so well that both Blakes and Alpeco received letters from DRS saying that “having completed the project successfully, both companies should be proud of themselves as they had done a really good job and that DRS were delighted with the service provided.”

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