Definition: In addition to any number of pumps, a pumping station includes the intake structure and the outlet structure. Together, these three elements form a single unit that serves the delivery of a fluid in a system.
In large installations, such as those in the chemical industry or food production, the units consisting of pump, intake, and outlet are seldom referred to as pumping station since they are seamlessly integrated in the overall process. Pumping stations are more prominent in oil pipelines, where they generally consist of several pumps, and in the form of a separate system, they are clearly identifiable as a pumping station. Pumping stations are also frequently encountered in water works and water stations. Many historic pumping stations are designed as separate buildings. However, the old systems, which are sometimes over 100 years old, have been equipped with contemporary technology in the framework of modernizations.