Lowara plays key role in Ashgabat 2017 games

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Lowara pumps for Asian indoor games 2017

Ashgabat in Turkmenistan is set to be the home of the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts games in 2017. Construction teams are working hard to meet the fast approaching deadline of this multi-phase project, with phase two and three nearing completion.

Totaling over 1,466 square meters, the multi-purpose sports facility, comprising 30 venues, is positioned at the heart of Turkmenistan’s largest city – Ashgabat, home to 500,000 residents. Bordered in the west by the Caspian Sea, 80 percent of Turkmenistan is covered by the Kara Kum Desert, making water a highly sought after resource.


The Xylem team specified more than 1,000 pumps for water and wastewater handling for phase one and two of this project.


With thousands of competitors and visitors expected for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts games, ensuring water requirements are met was a priority for the facility designers.

Much of the responsibility for the safe provision of potable drinking water, sanitary water for cleaning and showering,  and reliable sewage treatment and pumping solutions fell to lead construction firm Polimeks and sub-contractor ILPA, both based in Turkey.

Deniz Atabey, Sales Executive, and Levent Topel, Managing Director at ILPA said: “Much of our experience in the construction field is focused in the Middle East and Central Asia, so we have a deep understanding of the demands on buildings and infrastructure in these areas. Our positive reputation with previous projects, alongside Polimeks Construction, helped us in the procurement stages and is the same reason why we selected Lowara products for this sports complex.”


Covering a plethora of applications, the Xylem Lowara and Lowara Vogel Series products were used across a number of commercial applications throughout the site. From a 450 bed capacity hotel to the 15,000 spectator arena, the project’s water requirements were extensive. In total, more than 1,000 Lowara pump systems serve the complex, including e-SV stainless steel vertical multi-stage pumps and HYDROVAR® variable speed pump controllers.

Xylem met key service, price and quality needs through ILPA A.S., the company’s local distributor, based in Ümraniye – Istanbul, Turkey. With several Lowara system solutions already installed in 2014 during the first stage of the project, which had delivered on expectations, the brand was the natural choice moving forward to the second stage.

Of the Lowara systems in place, one of the primary products specified for the sports center was the e-NSC cast iron end suction pump, of which there are 68 throughout the site. The heavy duty and highly efficient e-NSC pump will improve overall system performance and reduce operational costs. The pump is available in cast and ductile iron, as well as stainless and duplex steel, and comes in six sizes ranging from DN32 to DN300, making it adaptable to the varying needs of the games complex.

Furthermore, when combined with the HYDROVAR variable speed drive, end users can achieve even greater energy savings. The ‘plug-and-play’ HYDROVAR is compatible universally and is
equipped with advanced technology to communicate electronically to ensure water used does not exceed the demand. This makes it an ideal implementation for the park, helping reduce water waste to ensure enough is available during high usage periods.

All products specified were noted for their energy efficiency standards. The Xylem DIWA submersible pumps for dirty water, for example, offer maximum resistance to abrasion as they are manufactured using AISI 304 stainless steel and are used in the athletic arena, Hotel for Sportsmen, Social and Cultural Center of the Olympic Village. The DIWA range is designed so that the motor can be easily cooled by the pumped liquid – maintaining efficiency and an operational capacity in all buildings. The pump also comes with thermal protection to maintain the system in the event of overheating.

Pietro Moro, Building and Industry Sales Director, MENA at Xylem said: “What is particularly interesting about this multi-purpose sports facility development, is the fact that the site is essentially a mini city, but with the construction of it happening in a short amount of time. It’s an incredible project to be part of and demonstrates the depth and breadth of our expertise and capacity to find solutions to complex applications.”

Atabey and Topel at ILPA concluded: “Xylem Lowara was shortlisted and selected due to its innovative, high-quality and dependable products that we knew could handle the diverse system requirements of this project. Their service is professional and their support in the pump selection process was invaluable. Lowara has gained our trust not only by working closely with us during pump selection, but also by offering competitive prices for reliable pumps and systems. As a result, we are confident that the water needs of the Ashgabat 2017 games park will be met and surpassed.”