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UK utility awards leak detection contract

A major UK water utility has awarded a five-year, £40 million (US$52.5 million) contract to deliver leak detection technology to multiple suppliers.

Primayer is one of 10 suppliers who will provide leak detection products to Anglian Water between 2017 and 2023 for the utility’s asset management period seven (AMP7) program of works.

Engaging with multiple suppliers ensures the utility has access to a more diverse range of leak detection products.

In a change to the way frameworks are usually planned, AMP7 covers the remainder of asset management period six – up to 2020 – as well as the start of AMP7, which runs from 2020–25.

The contract is part of Anglian Water’s aim to reduce leakage by 22 per cent across its 40,000 km network in AMP7 by investing £240 million (US$314.9 million).

Anglian Water Head of Leakage Sean McCarthy said the utility already has the lowest level of leakage in the water industry, at approximately half of the national average.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Primayer Sales Director Kevin Brook said Ofwat, the regulator of England and Wales’ water industry, has dramatically raised expectations on leak reduction.

“Utilities are expected to cut losses by 15 per cent minimum in AMP7 to avoid penalties and some, including Anglian Water, are going even further,” he said.

“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.”

For more information visit the Primayer website.

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