Bar screens to help channel debris at US Army Corps of Engineers' PCCP facilities

US Army Corps of Engineers will use mechanical bar screens for channel debris removal at its Permanent Canal Closures In New Orleans, LA.

RICHMOND, VA, Sept. 25, 2013 -- The US Army Corps of Engineers will incorporate mechanical bar screens for channel debris removal to provide critical frontline protection and safeguard the integrity of its Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) facilities near Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, La.

The designer of the bar screens, Infilco Degremont, Inc., (SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT), will supply seventeen of its Climber® Screens to handle an aggregate flow of 15.7 billion gallons per day that will vary between 24 and 29 feet in width. With seventeen units each reaching a depth 48 feet, PCCP will be one of the largest screening projects undertaken by Infilco to date.

The US Army Corps of Engineers selected PCCP Constructors, a joint venture consisting of Kiewit Louisiana Co., Traylor Bros. Inc., and the M.R. Pittman group, LLC, for the construction of three facilities that will provide permanent risk reduction from heavy tropical rainstorms and 100-year storm surge events, in replacement of the interim closure pumps and structures installed after Hurricane Katrina. The three new permanent facilities will be located at the London Ave., Orleans Ave. and 17th Street outfall canals and will form one of the largest drainage pumping station projects in the world. At a cost of approximately $615 million, the pumping stations are slated for completion in 2017.

Infilco CEO, Maximilien Pellegrini, stated that, “We have very strong ties to the greater New Orleans area, where we have installed more than one hundred Climber Screen units over the last 25 years. Infilco is extremely proud to be a part of this latest hurricane flood damage risk reduction project that will provide vital protection to the City.“.


Infilco Degremont is a full treatment line specialist, and provides engineering design, equipment supply and commissioning services in four primary business sectors: wastewater, drinking water, industrial water and sludge treatment.


Degrémont, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, has been the world specialist in water treatment plants for over 70 years. Present in over 70 countries, it has more than 5,000 employees, and in 2012 generated sales of 1.397 billion Euros.


Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of protecting resources by providing innovative solutions to industry and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 91 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 63 million people and collects the waste produced by 57 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,550 employees and, with its presence on five continents, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to water and waste management services. In 2012, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT generated revenues of EUR 15.1 billion.


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