Press release 02/04/1998 00:00 CET

Kvaerner Water has won a £54 million contract to design and construct a new waste water treatment works to serve Hull and its surrounding area. Awarded by Yorkshire Water Services (YWS) under its Preferred Contractor Framework Agreement, it will lead to the construction of the company’s biggest waste water treatment works to date.

When completed by the end of the year 2000 the scheme will stop outdated and unsatisfactory discharges of raw sewage into the River Humber.

Kvaerner Water was appointed in 1996 as one of YWS’s nine preferred contractors for capital projects and is already undertaking three other schemes on the company’s behalf. This brings the total value of YWS contracts to over £75 million.

The three-year project will see Kvaerner design, build, test and commission the new waste water treatment works and a pumping station at Saltend near Hedon, six miles east of Hull city centre. The works will serve the equivalent of a population of one million people plus.

Kvaerner successfully competed for the project through an energy-efficient design concept which optimised plant layout.

The new works will ensure Yorkshire Water Services complies with new quality standards set by the EU Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive. It will provide preliminary primary and secondary treatment, with the final effluent being discharged into the Humber estuary. The sophisticated operation also includes facilities for sludge digestion and drying.

Yorkshire Water’s Capital Investment Manager Duncan Bennett said: "We look forward to working with Kvaerner to provide the Hull area with one of the most modern and advanced waste water treatment systems in Europe.

"They join us in facing a tight but workable timescale in which to construct facilities that will bring tremendous environmental benefits to the whole Humber estuary, " he added.

Other Yorkshire Water contracts include. Colne Bridge, Huddersfield, where the company is moving towards completion of the world’s biggest sludge treatment operation of its kind. The £17 million scheme is due for completion this summer. In addition, Kvaerner Water is currently engaged on refurbishing Walbutts waste water treatment works near York and Kepwick potable water treatment works outside Thirsk.


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