Renovation of Zemst pumping station
A pumping station at the Zemst lock, on the Brussels-Scheldt Maritime Canal, is used for the canal’s water management. The operation system of this pumping station had already been modernised in 2016, with Agidens Infra Automation providing the control system and user-friendly visualisation (SCADA). Now, after almost 50 years of service, the pumping station itself was due for renovation.
Zemst pumping station
Inland navigation is an important part of the Flemish economy. It offers a safe, ecological and economical alternative to the already saturated road transport system. The rivers and canals also contribute to the attractiveness of Flanders and its quality of life. De Vlaamse Waterweg (the Flemish waterways agency) is doing everything possible to promote transport by water and to limit damage caused by flooding.
The existing pumping system, consisting of 5 HS pumps, had not been performing well for some time. It was in need of renovation. Agidens Infra Automation was engaged by De Vlaamse Waterweg as the design and automation specialist for the study, implementation, commissioning and maintenance relating to the replacement of these outdated HS pumps.
Three pumps have now been replaced and two more are due for replacement.
- Drying of the outlet channel
- Removal of the existing motor, HS cable and pump, installation of the new pump, HS cable and motor
- Overhaul of the existing butterfly valve
- Setting of parameters for the motor protection relay, performance testing before commissioning
- Modification of PLCs and SCADA system for data logging
- Maintenance during the warranty period and 5 years thereafter
Challenges and solutions
Service and flexibility are crucial when implementing modernisation projects. For every specific challenge, Agidens Infra Automation provides a tailor-made solution.