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Turbine Pump Repair: Gold Mine Wastewater Pump Case Study

An Australian gold mining facility recently needed Flo-Max’s help with turbine pump repair. The challenge with this particular case was that the equipment was over a decade old and manufactured by a different pump engineering company.

Regular refurbishing of large industrial pumps

old mining turbine pump repair
This was the turbine pump in its original state, laid on its side at our repair facility.

We all know even the most heavy duty pump will not last forever and needs to be regularly serviced. Our client in this case study used this 28-inch two-stage turbine pump to manage the conveyance of non-saline groundwater or mine wastewater from their site. After more than a decade of constant usage, the pump was due for refurbishment.

The turbine pump had previously undergone maintenance checks and occasional repairs with either the original manufacturer or other pump engineering companies. But this time, none of them were available to work on the entire turbine pump (with the motor, thrust blocks, pipe column and bowl assembly).

Since we regularly service all kinds of pumping equipment, we got the job. Our facilities, toolset and most importantly our experienced personnel means we are able to carry out any extensive turbine pump repair of this kind.

Servicing and overhaul of old turbine pump

When we disassembled the gold mine’s old dewatering turbine pump, we found that many parts had completely rusted or worn down. So we set about cleaning, repairing, replacing or repainting them as needed.

damaged turbine pump repair
The outer paint of the pump’s motor store or head column had blistered and peeled. The sole plate was coated in rust. Meanwhile, the line shaft (protruding out of the column) was also heavily damaged.
damaged turbine pump thrust bearing
A closer view of one of the head column’s thrust blocks. The original thrust bearing here needed to be replaced with a new one. (You can also see how the internal side of the casing showed signs of over-greasing.)
complete turbine pump restoration
A view of the head column or motor store after cleaning, restoring, repainting, and replacing of parts.
mining dewatering turbine pump restoration
A view of the whole turbine pump after refurbishment, looking as new. You can see the new coat of ceramic paint (inside and out) to protect it from corrosion.

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We are engineers, not sales people, so we go beyond selling pump technology. Whether you’re looking for new pumps to augment your operations or revive your old equipment, we’ll make sure you get the right equipment in the right condition. After decades in the business, we also have an extensive network of partners, if we ever need additional capacity or if a pump would benefit from specialised tooling.

We understand how critical pump repairs are to keeping your operations safe and cost-effective. Contact our engineers for the professional pump maintenance your business deserves.

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