Partnership completes a £110 million investment in drinking water

Posted: Wednesday 11th November 2009

A £110 million drinking water PFI capital investment for Northern Ireland Water has been completed by AECOM Design Build, Farrans Construction and Kelda Water Services.

As the Dalriada Water Services consortium, the partnership has delivered a project to provide drinking water supplies to the highest EU standards nine months ahead of regulatory deadlines.

Project Alpha, one of the biggest projects undertaken by Northern Ireland Water, involved upgrading the existing water treatment facilities, at Dunore Point, (Antrim) Ballinrees (Coleraine), Castor Bay (Craigavon), and Moyola (Magherafelt). It also delivered the construction of more than 50km of strategic link mains supplying Ballymoney, Limavady and Lisburn.

The project was officially opened at the largest facility, Dunore Point Water Treatment Works, by regional development minister, Conor Murphy. Speaking at the opening, the Minister said:

“This facility is just one example of the scale of investment required to improve drinking water quality, meet European standards, respond to increasing demand and provide customers across the North with a modern service.

“I welcome the completion of this major investment project which will deliver an efficient, cost effective and high quality treated water source, safeguarding the water supply infrastructure for the years ahead.”

Laurence MacKenzie, chief executive of Northern Ireland Water, said:

“Northern Ireland Water is committed to investing in projects that will deliver the most appropriate solutions for the benefit of the local economy, the community and the environment. The completion of this project ahead of time and on budget is good news for customers. It safeguards water supplies, ensuring that new water quality benchmarks are met. It is a critical part of our overall investment programme.

“I would like to thank the entire team involved in this project and our partners Dalriada Water for their efforts in ensuring that this essential project was delivered on schedule and within budget.”

Paul Wynn, chairman of Dalriada Water, said:

“Dalriada Water is delighted to have worked in partnership with NI Water on Project Alpha. Now part of the Kelda Water Services group, Dalriada has benefited from industry best practice working with Yorkshire Water, Farrans and AECOM Design Build. We believe this project is a model of excellence for other Public Private Partnership Projects throughout the UK.”

Chris Glover, project manager at AECOM Design Build, said:

“The project required extensive planning and collaboration between the teams to ensure a successful outcome. It’s a real testament to the knowledge and experience of the people involved that we completed the project ahead of time and with no additional costs incurred by Northern Ireland Water.”

Project Alpha is just one example of the scale of investment required to improve drinking water quality, meet European standards, respond to increasing demand and provide customers across the North of Ireland with a modern service.




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