Veolia & Irish Water sign upgrade contracts for key water treatment sites14 August 2019
Veolia has been awarded two four-year framework agreements that will aim to deliver new water and wastewater infrastructure for Irish Water.
Designed to provide major process upgrades and new plant across numerous sites, the works form part of an investment plan to enhance performance and meet the increased demand from population growth, mitigate flood risk and maintain legislative compliance.
To transform water services across Ireland, Irish Water has developed a seven year business plan with the overriding objective of delivering a quality service to customers using a €5.5bn investment plan to improve the water infrastructure. Initially starting with projects on 11 sites, Veolia’s work programmes will contribute to this plan.
Extra value for money will be gained by using a bespoke ‘Early Contractor Involvement Target Cost’ model over the next four years, with a potential extension to eight years.Under the contract, Veolia Water Ireland will be responsible for delivering key water and wastewater infrastructure changes starting, initially with the water treatment plants at Lough Forbes, Lough Kinale and Smear. Wastewater and sewerage sites receiving upgrades include Falcarragh, Ballinacarrow, Ballymote, Collooney and Raphoe.
The works cover the design, project management and interim operation of a wide range of solutions for water and wastewater treatment to meet the European Union water directives and provide for future expansion at the sites. Included in the work is new and upgraded water and wastewater treatment plants, control, sludge beds, sewers, pump upgrades, aeration and clarifiers, sludge thickening, odour control, chemical analysis facilities and other ancillary plant.
Joe Higgins, director at Veolia Ireland, comments: “These strategic programmes show how we continue working together with Irish Water to deliver essential infrastructure and meet the growing needs of communities in Ireland. The ECI contracting model will make implementation quicker and more effective, and by using our local capabilities, in conjunction with our global water experience, we will ensure that value for money is delivered for our customer.”
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