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News story: 10 December 2012: Todmorden, UK

Weir Minerals Wins £2.8M Dredging Pump Contract


The Middle East Dredging Company (MEDCO) has selected Weir Minerals to supply pumps to be used in the dredging of the New Doha Sea Port in Qatar.

Construction of the port, which will be one of the deepest in the world and will cover an area of 26.5 sq km, will require approximately 45 million cubic metres of mainly hard rock, to be dredged from a 20km-long approach channel and the basin itself.

Weir Minerals will supply heavy-duty skid-mounted pump assemblies, each incorporating a WARMAN® 550 TUL slurry pump, a 1,000 hp diesel engine, a gearbox and a heavy-duty bearing frame.

Each pump set will deliver a flow rate of 6,000 cubic metres per hour and they will be deployed on two self-propelling, rock-breaking dredger vessels.

Tony G Locke, managing director of Weir Minerals Europe, said: “This is a project on an enormous scale - the amount of solid rock that will be dredged would be enough to fill the Great Pyramid at Giza 18 times over or the Royal Albert Hall 500 times over.

“We have worked for several years with Dredging & Environmental Engineering, a Belgium-based dredging company which part-owns MEDCO, and our selection for this project is a result of the excellent products and service we have provided in the past.

“The win further consolidates the long list of megaprojects Weir Minerals has supported all over the globe.”

MEDCO’s deputy general manager said: “This project is a key element of Qatar’s development plans, as its rapid growth in recent years has seen its existing infrastructure pushed close to capacity.

“The scale of the dredging project required to make the port a reality calls for the most robust and reliable slurry pumps, and Weir’s Warman pump range has an unrivalled reputation in this respect.”


About The Weir Group PLC

Weir, a FTSE 100 company founded in 1871 and headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, is a global provider of engineering solutions to the minerals, oil and gas and power sectors. Weir’s commitment to engineering excellence, research and customer focus extends equipment wear life and operational capability in some of the world’s most challenging environments.

Weir is committed to going where its customers go, with a worldwide network of more than 140 manufacturing facilities and service centres. The business has a presence in more than 70 countries, with over 14,000 staff around the world working in three divisions: Minerals, Oil & Gas and Power & Industrial. Weir’s customer base includes the world’s largest mining houses, major oil services businesses and nuclear and conventional power generation companies.

Annual revenues were more than £2.25 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services and aftermarket support. Emerging markets contributed 35% of overall Group revenues.

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About Weir Minerals
Weir Minerals employs nearly 6,500 people worldwide, delivering end-to-end solutions for all mining, dewatering, transportation, milling, processing and waste management activities. Weir Minerals has an advanced product range incorporating market leading brands (such as Warman® centrifugal slurry pumps, Geho® PD slurry pumps, Linatex® rubber products, Vulco® wear resistant linings, Cavex® hydrocyclones, Floway® Pumps vertical turbine pumps, Isogate® slurry valves, Multiflo® mine dewatering solutions, Hazleton® specialty slurry pumps, and Lewis® Pumps vertical chemical pumps) covering virtually any application, in any environment. The Weir Minerals global network ensures they are close to their customer wherever they may base their local operations.

Press information: Ricky Ambury, John Bowes or James Lloyd-Davies at Citypress on or 0161 235 0300.


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