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Cummins Ghana completes Goldfields pump repower project

August 2019 News

Mining site operations are extremely demanding, and dewatering pumps need to run continuously to remove groundwater to ensure non-stop mining. A recent pump repower project in Ghana demonstrated Cummins’ product knowledge and engineering strength to power the success of customers in one of the key markets in Africa.

At the beginning of this year, the Cummins Ghana technical team, in collaboration with the on-site service support team, combined their expertise to carry out the repowering of five dewatering pumps for BCM at a Goldfields site in Tarkwa, Ghana.

Before the repower, the customer experienced product failures and support challenges, which resulted in them approaching Cummins Ghana for product options. Joshua K. Cobbah, the regional leader for Cummins Ghana West, explains that the initial plan was to provide a ‘like-for-like’ option for the competitor products.

After thoroughly reviewing the customer’s requirements and expectations of product reliability and equipment uptime, the final solution was to provide an NTA855 mechanical engine for the customer’s operations,” reveals Cobbah.

The NTA855 mechanical engine is a fully-packaged ’plug-and-play’ power unit, consisting of the engine, cooling pack, control panel, exhaust muffler, and base frame. The power unit offers consistent power for pumping water, smooth operations, easy maintenance, efficient fuel consumption, and a reliable product that can work with the fuel quality in the region.

The co-operation of the Ghana technical team and AME Pump segment team is a clear demonstration of how the combined expertise of the project team resulted in a product offering that exceeded the customer’s expectations and requirements.

“The plan was to give the customer not just an engine, but a complete pump power pack,” highlights Cobbah. “At first, the customer requested one engine for trial, but after viewing pictures of the complete power pack on offer, increased their order to seven engines, which were then supplied.”

Despite the technical challenges faced at the outset, the project has diversified Cummins’ product coverage on the mining site itself and in the West Africa territory. It proved to be a win-win project as the customer was delighted by the excellent support it provided.

For more information contact Deepa Rungasamy, Cummins Africa Middle East, +27 11 589 8512, deepa.rungasamy@cummins.com, www.cummins.com




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