Diversity of AB Pumps.

AB Pumps were requested to help retrieving a dewatering pump at Sishen Iron Ore by the installing contractor.

The 230kw pump was installed in a 256m borehole at a depth of 225m utilizing 165mm columns.  On arriving at site underground camera survey was done and established that the pump column could not be reached due to electrical cables covering it at 48mbgl. Specialised Fishing equipment  was manufactured and used to fish out as much cable as possible. The total weight of the cables added up to 3.5 ton.

Once the column was reachable, an ordinary column catcher was utilized to hook the column and bring it to the surface. Total time spend to recover the pump was 5 days. AB pumps was then requested to re-install the pump with new 165mm columns.


Working in India.

September 2009 we were asked to quote to do deep well testing at Tata Steel in Sukinda, North East India. During February 2010 we were informed that the client accepted our quote. The formal contract was signed in May 2010.  Then the agony started to arrange sea freight from East London via Colcutta to Sukinda. Original planning was 5 weeks on sea and 1 week through India customs and 1 week for road transport to cover 400km. Road transport for large trucks only allowed after dark. Total actual time 10 weeks. 

Arranging flight tickets and visa also required some time. The result that we had 2 men in India doing deep well, high yield  testing (300m). This project was completed in 6 weeks and to get all equipment back in South Africa took another 3 months.

Working in Mozambique

AB Pumps worked at Pemba in Northern Mozambique for a year from April 2011. This was 4500km away from our base and tested our logistics to their fullest.

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