Thames Water signals confidence in ABB instrumentation with broadening of sole supply status

Posted: Monday 25th January 2010

ABB has won a new five year framework agreement with Thames Water.

ABB has broadened the scope of its sole supply arrangement with Thames Water to include an extended range of major instrument categories.

Traditionally ABB has been a flow partner to Thames Water, providing flow equipment alongside a group of favoured suppliers. Under the new agreement, ABB has extended its sole supplier status to encompass mains and battery powered electromagnetic flowmeters, insertion electromagnetic flowmeters, absolute and differential pressure transmitters and coriolis mass flowmeters.

The agreement follows a stringent 18 month technical review, looking at equipment performance, whole-life maintenance costs and software upgrades.

Says Steve Wilding, Area Sales Manager, Thames Water Account Manager for ABB UK Instrumentation: “ABB has a long-standing relationship with Thames Water, spanning over 20 years. During this time, we have established a good reputation for the accuracy of our flow measurement equipment. Our new agreement with Thames Water is an exciting opportunity for us to demonstrate how our equipment can help the company to realise new levels of measurement accuracy across a broader range of parameters.”

The flow instrumentation will be primarily used on Thames Water’s large water and wastewater treatment works pipelines ranging 50mm-2.2m and out on the district metered areas to help identify and counteract leakages in its mains. The Pressure transmitters will be used to measure pressure surges within the network, and critical pressures at pumping stations and treatment process plants.

Thames Water is the largest water & wastewater service provider in England, supplying water treatment services to over 13 million customers in London and the surrounding counties. It invests around £500,000 a day on reducing leakage, with levels now 24 per cent lower than four years ago.

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