April 2015 - Fermoy II nears completion
6 years after the award to FM Environmental of Phase I of the Fermoy Flood alleviation scheme (pumping), 2015 will see the completion of Phase II over the coming months.
The town of Fermoy lies on the banks of the Munster Blackwater River in the south west of Ireland. Severe flooding has caused significant damage over recent years and in 2002 the Office of Public Works commissioned a report to look at long-term solutions to the problem.
In 2009 the first phase of the Munster Blackwater Flood Drainage Scheme commenced with FM Environmental installing major stormwater relief pumping stations in Fermoy and the neighbouring town of Mallow.
The next phases of work, The Southeast and Southwest Drainage Schemes, commenced in 2013 with mechanical and electrical completion in 2014. Lagan Construction was the main contractor with FM Environmental Ltd supplying all the MEICA works.
The work comprised of four new pumping stations along the river banks in the heart of the town with pumping rates of 200 l/s to 400 l/s capacities. In total some 16 submersible pumps were installed ranging in size from 22kw to 60kw along with 700mm diameter pipework, actuated penstocks, valves, screening equipment, PLC based control equipment and sound-attenuated standby generators. The entire mechanical and electrical works cost €1.1m euros with the official handover expected later in 2015.
Once in operation the flood relief scheme should be in a position to handle even the most severe storms that have hit the town since 1916.