Case Study

Installation of Vacuum Pump Chiller and Free Cooling Unit


Client: Global Lithium chemicals manufacturer

Industry: Mechanical Services

Project Overview: Installation of Vacuum Pump Chiller and Free Cooling Unit

Project Value Range: £100,000 – £150,000


A global Lithium chemicals manufacturer sought to improve their cooling capacity by integrating a recently purchased vacuum pump chiller and a free cooling unit. Newsome Ltd was tasked with ensuring the seamless installation of these crucial components. Newsome Ltd successfully executed the mechanical services integration project for the client, ensuring the seamless installation of the vacuum pump chiller and free cooling unit. The project adhered to specified requirements, and meticulous planning, including allowances and assumptions, contributed to the project’s success. Following completion, the cooling plant was commissioned to provide the client with an enhanced cooling capacity, meeting their operational needs.

Project Specifications:

• Free Cooling Design Requirement:
• Thermal Duty: 533kW
• Fluid Type: Water / Glycol
• Chilled Fluid Supply Temperature: 25˚C
• Return Fluid Supply Temperature: 30˚C
• Chilled Water Flowrate: 27.29 litres/second
• Siting: External
• Design Ambient Air Temperature: 21.7˚C

Cooling Design Requirement:

• Thermal Duty: 4kW
• Fluid Type: Water / Glycol
• Chilled Fluid Supply Temperature: 15˚C
• Return Fluid Supply Temperature: 20˚C
• Chilled Water Flowrate: 0.19 liters/second
• Siting: Internal
• Design Ambient Air Temperature: 32˚C
• Project Execution:

Pumps and Control Panel:

Newsome Ltd provided an integrated Pump Skid designed to operate on a run and standby basis for the cooling circuit. Detailed performance data and specifications were provided for the pump.

Construction and Electrical Works:

Details of the construction materials used, electrical supply requirements, and control panel placement were provided as part of the Newsome full service project delivery.


Mechanical Installation:

Before commencing the installation, Newsome Ltd conducted a project review meeting in collaboration with the client to agree on the project’s schedule. The pipework engineers from Newsome Ltd prepared the site for the off-loading and positioning of the free cooler and pump set. HIAB Vehicles were used for this purpose. Additionally, a new pump skid and buffer vessel were positioned in proximity to the free cooler.

The cooling pipe work system was connected to various components, including the Transtherm Free Cooler, Run/Standby Pump Set, Cooling Vessel, Heat Exchangers, Vacuum Pump, and the New Chiller (4kW). The installation was designed as a pressurised system, and a pressurisation unit and expansion vessel were utilised on the suction side of the pump.

Pipework Installation:

Newsome Ltd provided cost estimates for the installation of stainless steel thin-walled pipe work to connect the cooling circuit as outlined in the drawings. This included the provision of various components, such as butterfly valves, flexible bellows, binder test points, non-return valves, strainers, pressure gauges, drain points, and an integrated pressurization set with an expansion vessel. Several assumptions and allowances were made during the project planning, including the offloading and positioning of proprietary items by others, the provision of valves by the client, jackpad feet for levelling, and the absence of support blocks unless otherwise stated.


Newsome Ltd delivered a comprehensive pipework installation, featuring high-quality stainless steel materials and essential components such as butterfly valves and flexible bellows. Their meticulous commissioning process included double regulating valves, fixed orifice commissioning plates, and chemical flushing. Though civil works were excluded, they provided a steel base frame with levelling pads and managed equipment offloading and positioning. The integrated Pump Skid was designed for efficient operation, supported by detailed performance data and electrical specifications, ensuring a reliable and high-quality cooling system installation.