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Thames Water Awards Laing O’Rourke Contract for Beckton Sewage Works Upgrade

Infra News - Published on Thu, 13 Aug 2020

Image Source: Laing O’Rourke Thames Water Beckton Sewage Works
Laing O’Rourke will work with Thames Water on a GBP 123 million project to ensure Beckton sewage works can cope with London’s growing population. The three-year upgrade, due to start early next year, is the first major contract awarded as part of the company’s AMP7 schedule. It will see the international engineering firm build a completely new inlet works and extend aeration lanes and settlement tanks. Beckton, which is the largest sewage treatment works in Europe, will also be prepared to receive wastewater from the new Thames Tideway Tunnel, a 25km “super sewer” under the River Thames which is due to be completed by 2024. Beckton sewage works, which will be upgraded to cope with London’s growing population (Beckton STW aerial)

The first works at Beckton was built in 1864 by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of the revolutionary Victorian sewer network, which drastically improved water quality in the River Thames. It now treats the wastewater of almost 4 million Londoners. Beckton has seen major investment in the last 15 years and the works now produces half of its energy needs on-site.

The latest project, which is expected to create about 30 jobs for local workers, is part of a 25-year investment plan to ensure the site meets the best environmental standards, with Thames Water committed to protecting the environment and reducing emissions across the business.

Thames Water was announced as one of a number of utilities companies working with the Mayor of London on an infrastructure package to help kickstart the economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.

The partnership also aims to identify green schemes, accelerate future investment in the capital and provide new jobs, with targets including reducing leakage and pollutions and strengthening the water network in several boroughs.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 13 Aug 2020
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