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Shorflo Goes the Distance on Derbyshire Canal Restoration - continued


) Tony Bacon Lynne CaterSections of the Cromford Canal are extremely neglected and require a lot of work to open the full length up to navigation standards. Photo (top) Tony Bacon (bottom) Lynne Cater

The pump on the Truxor machine is only capable of pumping a distance of 200 m but the access restrictions on this site meant the de-watering bags had to be located in fields at one end of the canal, meaning the silt needed to be pumped up to 1.2 km. To achieve this, Ebsford Environmental hired in three 6” Super diesel pumps from Shorflo.

The 6” Super diesel solids handling pump is extremely quiet with noise levels at 53db(A). It is also extremely fuel efficient, its 180 litre tank and fuel consumption of 2.4 litres per hour allowing a running time of 80 hours/three days – one aspect that particularly appealed to Ebsford.

“Our pump fed straight into the first Shorflo pump and was then relayed to the other two pumps located at 600 m intervals,” explains Mr Prout.

Besides the friction losses resulting from pumping over such a distance, the material, which was roughly 70% water and 30% solids, had to be pumped 14 m above the level of the canal on its route to the dewatering bags, adding to the load.

The project was overseen by Derbyshire County Council and volunteers from the Friends of the Cromford Canal. Work began in March 2012 and was initially delayed by late snow.“We had eight foot snow drifts and for a long time couldn’t even locate the pipe,” declares Mr Prout.

With the return of better weather, work resumed and this stretch was finished by mid-May, having removed an estimated 5,000 m³ of silt from the canal.

New Blindeo Inflatable shoring system

Blindeo inflatable shoring system is

The recently launched Blindeo inflatable shoring system is quick and easy to assemble and transport, It is ideally suited for utility work, or for sites where obtaining access can be difficult.

It comprises four inflatable cushions which can reach up to 2 m deep and each cushion is equipped with handling straps, a quick air connector and a safety valve to avoid any risk of bursting. Other products available within the Lightweight range, includes the Vertishore support system and lightweight aluminium trench boxes.

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