Black & Veatch secures JV role in Thames Water's eight2o alliance

Last reviewed:

15 September 2016

Black & Veatch has joined Thames Water’s eight2O alliance by combining forces with Costain and Atkins (CABV), one of two design-build joint ventures.

The company was welcomed on board the alliance in a special ceremony at Thames Water’s Reading headquarters, attended by senior directors in the alliance, including Thames Water’s new CEO Steve Robertson and Don Stevens from Black and Veatch.

Mr Robertson said:“It is a pleasure to welcome Black and Veatch on board. The company’s expertise and capability will make a vital contribution to delivering the objectives of the eight2O alliance.”

The CABV joint venture is involved in every element – design, construction and commissioning – of the creation of new water and wastewater treatment and carriage assets. In addition, it is responsible for optimising the performance of new and existing assets.

Black & Veatch will support all of these activities, with real-time data analysis achieved using the company’s ASSET360™ tool.

Don Stevens, Black and Veatch executive managing director, Water – Europe, Middle East and India, said: “We have worked with Thames Water for more than 20 years. Today we welcome the opportunity to make a contribution to eight2O, among the most innovative delivery alliances to date.”

Scott Aitken, managing director, Black & Veatch Europe, added:“By providing expertise and tools for gathering and analysing data in real time we help support data and insight-driven service improvements that benefit Thames Water’s customers.

“Efficiency, affordability, customer service and competition are among UK water companies’ greatest challenges. Data is the common thread in meeting these challenges: more data, better data and, most importantly, better data analysis to allow better informed decisions.”

CABV will execute asset creation and optimisation projects across Thames Water’s region in London and the Thames Valley. Black & Veatch professionals’ knowledge of Thames Water’s asset base – through participation in AMP3, 4 and 5 frameworks – will complement the joint venture’s support for the other eight2O partners.

Alongside Thames Water these include the Skanska, MWH and Balfour Beatty design-build joint venture, technology partner IBM and MWH as programme manager.

Most of the initial investment has been targeted at schemes with the greatest impact on key customer outcomes, such as leakage reduction, flooding and energy efficiency. The latter includes a large-scale combined heat and power (CHP) programme at wastewater treatment works. ASSET360™ has already been trialled by other water companies to optimise the performance of CHP assets.