The Queensferry Crossing, near Edinburgh, attracted global attention when it opened recently. With its impressive span of 1.7 miles (2.7km), this is the longest bridge of its type in the world. Many clever engineering techniques were employed during its construction and this structure will overcome many of the issues that beset its predecessor, such as being able to cope during high winds.
This isn’t the type of project you would immediately associate with Grundfos Pumps, however behind the scenes and keeping the bridge operational at all times is a Hydro MPC-E a Grundfos variable speed 3-pump booster set that will ensure that any and all roadway surface washdown requirements can be dealt with quickly and effectively.
Coming in at a cost of £1.35bn, the bridge is expected to carry 24 million vehicles a year and was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth exactly 53 years after she performed the same ceremony for its predecessor the Forth Road Bridge that will continue to be used for buses, bicycles and pedestrians. With an expected lifespan of at least 120 years, the new crossing will be an intrinsic part of the landscape for many years to come and Grundfos will be there providing it with the boost it will need to keep the traffic flowing.