Aquam makes senior appointments to industrial team
Global pipeline infrastructure company Aquam Technologies has strengthened its UK team for industrial and commercial markets with three senior appointments this year
Aquam makes senior appointments to industrial team
MANCHESTER, UK: Global pipeline infrastructure company Aquam Technologies has strengthened its UK team for industrial and commercial markets with three senior appointments this year. Stuart Henderson has been appointed Director - Industrial & Commercial and is heading up Aquam’s UK growth strategy across multiple sectors including food & beverage, industrial process, public sector estates and hotels & leisure.
The team will also work closely with water retailers, providing their clients with the support services necessary to pinpoint, fix and mitigate leakage and corrosion in ageing pipeline infrastructure. Henderson has over ten years experience of the UK water retail market and previously worked for both Severn Trent Water and Scottish Water.
Paul Henderson has also joined Aquam as Senior Business Development Manager and will support businesses wanting to understand and manage risk associated with pipelines and water management. He has delivered programmes of works for the maintenance of critical drinking water infrastructure for over 20 years.
Aquam’s third appointment to the industrial & commercial team is Operations Manager Jon Shelton, who will oversee clients’ infrastructure projects. Shelton has over 30 years’ experience working with some of the UK’s leading installers of pipelining technologies.
Aquam managing director, Tim Bowen, said, “I’m delighted to welcome Stuart, Paul and Jon to Aquam as we embark on a period of rapid growth in UK industrial and commercial markets. Aquam is well established in utilities in the UK and the same services and technologies for pipeline diagnostics and rehabilitation can deliver huge benefits to clients in other sectors.”
Stuart Henderson said, “This is an exciting time for Aquam as we grow our UK business and open up our technologies and services for pipe surveying, leak detection, pipelining and cleaning to all markets. Most of our operations can be delivered without disruption to buildings’ occupants and fixtures and fittings, which is especially important to hotels, commercial offices, hospitals, prisons, schools and industrial facilities.
“There is huge potential for Aquam in the UK and I look forward to working closely with Paul, Jon and the team to deliver our strategic growth plan and reach new clients.”
Aquam’s specialist technologies for assessing and rehabilitating pipeline infrastructure are available globally and are already well established in the UK utilities and in commercial and industrial markets in North America. They include Investigator and LDS1000 pipe survey and leak detection tools and Nu Line blown-in epoxy pipeliner and Nu Drain cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), which are ideal for non-disruptive rehabilitation of small-diameter networks within facilities.
Lila Thompson appointed British Water chief executive
Thompson to lead UK water industry’s largest supply chain membership organisation; British Water celebrates 25th anniversary year; Association launches rebranding initiative including new logo
Lila Thompson appointed British Water chief executive
Thompson to lead UK water industry’s largest supply chain membership organisation
British Water celebrates 25th anniversary year
Association launches rebranding initiative including new logo
British Water has named its new chief executive as Lila Thompson, who has been promoted from her position as international director. The announcement was made as staff old and new celebrated the 25th anniversary of the trade association at a reception at the Gherkin in London.
Speaking about her appointment, Thompson said, “I am very excited about the opportunity to lead British Water and represent the interests of its members at all levels. This is a time of significant change both within the industry and politically, especially with Brexit imminent.
“It is important that British Water delivers a broad spectrum of services that help our members grow both at home and overseas. Integrated catchment management is increasingly seen globally as essential for effective water and wastewater management and a closely networked supply chain is key for the delivery of successful projects.”
Ms Thompson is the first woman to lead British Water, which has an 80-year heritage and now boasts over 200 member companies. She will take up the full-time position on 3 December 2018 as current chief executive Lloyd Martin steps down.
British Water also revealed its new look at the anniversary reception, following a root-and-branch rebranding exercise. The changes include a new logo and will be rolled out across the association’s media platforms in the coming weeks.
British Water chairman Chris Loughlin said, “This is an exciting time for British Water as we celebrate our 25th anniversary and announce our new chief executive. We are also marking the milestone by rebranding the association.
“I am delighted to welcome Lila Thompson to her new role at the helm of British Water after undertaking an extensive search internally and externally for the right candidate. She has already demonstrated a long-term commitment to the association and has built strong relationships with many of our member companies.
“I look forward to working closely with Lila in growing the organisation and enhancing the opportunities we can open up to members. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Lloyd Martin for his outstanding leadership over the last three years.”
Leak detection technology company Primayer signs earlybird AMP7 contract; Multi-supplier contract could be worth £40 million; Five-year agreement begins immediately
Anglian Water awards first AMP7 leakage framework
· Leak detection technology company Primayer signs earlybird AMP7 contract
· Multi-supplier contract could be worth £40 million
· Five-year agreement begins immediately
DENMEAD, UK: Anglian Water has awarded one of the first framework contracts of AMP7 to leak detection specialist Primayer. The £40 million agreement for leak detection products has been awarded jointly to 10 suppliers and will ensure the utility has access to as wide a selection of equipment as possible.
Primayer, which is based in Denmead, Hampshire, has been manufacturing intelligent technologies for water network monitoring, leakage control and flow measurement for over 20 years. The company’s research and development team works closely with utility field teams and their partners to develop best-in-class technologies that directly meet industry requirements.
In a change to the way frameworks are usually planned, the five-year contract with Anglian Water runs from 2017-23, covering the remainder of the current regulatory asset management period (AMP6) and the start of AMP7, which runs from 2020-25. Anglian Water aims to reduce leakage by 22% across its 40,000km network in AMP7 with a total investment of £240 million.
Kevin Brook, sales director, Primayer said, “Ofwat, the water industry regulator for England and Wales, has raised expectations on leak reduction dramatically. Utilities are expected to cut losses by 15% minimum in AMP7 to avoid penalties and some, including Anglian Water, are going even further.
“Anglian Water has taken a very considered approach to the way this framework has been set up. Awarding the framework for leakage products to multiple suppliers gives the company access to a very broad range of equipment and starting it immediately means they hit the ground running.
“Primayer is delighted to be named as one of their partners and we look forward to working ever more closely with the Anglian leakage team.”
Sean McCarthy, head of leakage at Anglian Water said, “We already have the lowest level of leakage in the water industry at half the national average. But being ahead of the curve means we’re now into the realms of tracking down really hard to find leaks long before they’re visible to the naked eye, meaning our leakage targets are now really tough.
“We’re looking into every avenue of engineering available to us to continually be better and technology like this will revolutionise our ability to meet those tough targets.”
British Water hosts three events to boost international trade
Meet-the-buyer workshop brings representatives from across the world; Anglian Water CEO Peter Simpson to deliver keynote address at annual reception; Conference will help exporters navigate Brexit and changing trading landscape
British Water hosts three events to boost international trade
Meet-the-buyer workshop brings representatives from across the world
Anglian Water CEO Peter Simpson to deliver keynote address at annual reception
Conference will help exporters navigate Brexit and changing trading lanscape
British Water is hosting three international events over two days to support UK exporters in the water and wastewater sector. A Meet-the-Buyer Water Workshop takes place at the Institute of Directors in London on 20 November 2018 and is followed by the trade association’s annual International Reception, which features a keynote speech from Peter Simpson, chief executive of Anglian Water Group.
The afternoon Meet-the-Buyer event is supported by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and gives UK-based companies the opportunity to network directly with leading contractors from across the world. Representatives for industrial and municipal water and wastewater projects in Brazil, Europe, India, Iraq, North Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA and other markets will be available for pre-scheduled, one-to-one meetings.
Participating companies include Compesa Water & Wastewater Utility of Pernambuco, Gama, Hassan Allam, Ion Exchange, Orascom, Ombrab and Saur.
The International Reception follows the workshop and brings together water industry professionals involved in developing and delivering global water projects. Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson will address attendees and is expected to highlight the role of utilities in showcasing supply chain innovation for a global market. Simpson was winner of Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEOs UK Award 2017.
The Reception is free to British Water members and is supported by DIT, EEN and UK Export Finance. It aims to increase international partnerships through networking and the sharing of best practice.
The British Water International Conference takes place on 21 November 2018 at the City headquarters of Turner & Townsend. The one-day event will explore the changing landscape of global trade, identifying projects and markets that are at the forefront of growth. The Conference will enable companies to meet international contractors, consultants and industry leaders.
British Water chief executive Lloyd Martin said, “The global landscape is changing, with Brexit and a rise in protectionist policies having the most significant impact on trade and markets. Delegates to the British Water International Conference will have the opportunity to explore what this means for exporters of water and wastewater solutions.
“Attendees will be also be able to gather valuable market intelligence and meet a wide range of potential business partners.”
Delegates will hear from industry leaders including Tania Flasck, director of Turner & Townsend; UK Export Finance’s business group director, Gordon Welsh and David Tyler, associate director and water & wastewater specialist at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development.
Jimmy Carter, water sector specialist – infrastructure, DIT said, “In a changing global landscape it is more important than ever for UK suppliers of services and technologies to keep up-to-date with market intelligence, forthcoming projects and prospective clients. These British Water events provide a unique opportunity for companies to meet with international contractors in order to better understand the needs of global markets and the disruptive changes we expect to see in the water sector over the next 10 years.”
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water rolls out PRV installations on surge vessels; QED’s innovative valve technology slashes inspection times; Surge systems can now be examined on the ground - without switching pressure off
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water rolls out PRV installations on surge vessels
QED’s innovative valve technology slashes inspection times
Surge systems can now be examined on the ground - without switching pressure off
A major programme to install an innovative pressure relief valve is helping Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water to improve the way it maintains surge vessels in South and Mid Wales. Quantum Engineering Developments (QED) has designed a new pressure relief valve (PRV) assembly that means in-service inspections can be carried out without any disruption to the system.
More than half the existing surge vessels in South Wales have now been fitted with Duplex PRVs manufactured by QED in the UK, which means the annual inspections can be carried out in a fraction of the time.
Surge vessels are installed on the water and sewerage network to help reduce pressure surges in pipelines. Uncontrolled surges can cost utilities millions of pounds every year in fixing burst pipes and water wastage.
They also put the network at risk of negative pressure which, in the case of potable water mains, directly contravenes the Drinking Water Inspectorate’s requirement for utilities to maintain adequate pressure to reduce the risk of contamination.
Annual working inspections are essential to keep the assets in service and meeting the statutory legal requirements under the regulations for pressure systems and equipment. Traditionally surge vessels had to be depressurised and drained in order to carry out annual third-party working inspections.
The Duplex PRV system replaces the existing pressure valves with a pair of valves which are housed at ground level. Previously, in order to comply with pressure systems safety regulations, inspectors had to access the valve at the top of the vessel once the whole system had been depressurized, posing a working-at-height safety risk.
With the Duplex PRV the insurance company inspector is able to examine the system on the ground - without switching off the pressure - by switching between one valve and another. This eliminates a potential safety risk and significantly speeds up inspection times.
Greg Sullivan, statutory maintenance engineer from Welsh Water said: “A lot of these vessels were built in the ‘seventies without really having best maintenance practice in mind. Previously it would take two or three people two or three days to do this job - now one person can do it in half a day. This represents a benefit for the company.
“When I first made the case for this to our business managers they said: ‘It’s a no brainer.’”
Welsh Water has now replaced 53 surge vessel control systems with Duplex Pressure Relief Valves with another 30 sites to assess on a case-by-case basis. Engineers from QED have fitted Duplex PRVs as each surge vessel comes up for its annual inspection, minimising the disruption to the network.
The retrofitting programme won the Chairman’s Award at the Institute of Water Welsh region annual innovation awards 2014. It was also commended at the Welsh Water’s Occupational Health & Safety Conference 2015.
Tim Harper, Operations Manager, QED said: “Well-maintained surge vessels are essential for protecting water mains. Making sure surge vessels are appropriate to the main they are protecting, and correctly maintained, prevents pressure becoming too high or too low. This reduces the risk of bursts and leaks.”
He continued, “It is a legal requirement for any kind of pressurised vessel to follow strict statutory inspections by insurance company inspectors, but releasing assets for inspection in itself risks disruption of supply and statutory non-compliance.
“The design of the Duplex Pressure Relief Valve means inspectors can switch between one control valve and another - ensuring both are working correctly without the need to isolate the pressure vessel and disrupt the system. We are delighted that Welsh Water has adopted this extensive retrofitting scheme and we believe it will enable them to deliver a better, safer and cheaper service to water users.”
The Duplex PRV backplate is mounted on the floor at the base of the surge vessel which completely removes all working-at-height issues.