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SKF: SKF solutions help London's Lee Tunnel redirect millions of gallons of water every hour

Gothenburg, Sweden, 19 June, 2014: SKF is supplying a range of
bearings to GIW Industries for inclusion in their 54-tonne pumps,
which will help protect London's growing population from sewage
overflow from the River Thames in the coming years. The pumps are
the largest wastewater pumps ever made and will be used to redirect
as much as 2.9 million gallons of water per hour into the Lee Tunnel
( to protect London's
150-year-old Victorian sewer network, which can no longer accommodate
the volume of sewage and rainwater.

"The SKF bearing solution is designed to address critical performance
demands in an exceptionally high profile installation, demonstrating
once again our ability to provide solutions for the toughest
applications," said Rakesh Makhija, SKF President Industrial Market
Strategic Industries.

These pumps will be essential to help prevent 39 million tons of
sewage and storm water from overflowing into the River Thames every
year. The pumps not only need to be able to process major flows of
wastewater, but also must be capable of withstanding the
contamination and wear of foreign bodies contained in the sewage.

"Our experience with the quality of SKF bearings and the technical
support provided by SKF engineers has been outstanding. Given the
importance of this project and the demand for long term reliability,
with pumps mounted 80 meters underground, GIW specified that only SKF
bearings should be used," said Robert Visintainer, VP Engineering for

The SKF bearings provide heavy duty, high quality components for the
pumps to handle the demanding loads and reliability requirements of
the application. These pumps are mounted in a remote location 80
meters below ground, but the SKF bearings minimize the likelihood of
expensive downtime.

Aktiebolaget SKF

For further information, please contact:
MEDIA HOTLINE: 46 31 337 2400

PRESS: Rebecca Janzon, Director, Press Relations
tel: 46 31 337 3880, mobile: 46 727-173880, e-mail:

INVESTOR RELATIONS: Marita Björk, Head of Investor Relations
tel: 46 31-337 1994, mobile: 46 705-181994, e-mail:

SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings
lubrication systems
and services
which include technical support, maintenance and reliability
services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in
more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations
worldwide. Annual sales in 2013 were SEK 63,597 million and the
number of employees was 48,401.

® SKF is a registered trademark of the SKF Group.


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