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Suprafilt keeps it local with £1million contract win for Rochdale WwTW

Posted: Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Rapidly growing Rochdale aeration experts Suprafilt have landed a £1million contract to work on the upgrade of the town’s water treatment works.

Suprafilt is supplying and installing a new aeration system for the project, which is part of United Utilities’ £3.6billion investment programme to improve the North West’s water and wastewater network.

The work will involve the replacement of existing seven-inch ceramic disc diffusers with nine-inch membrane discs, as well as modifying existing tank headers to include new actuated control valves to improve zonal control.

Suprafilt is also supplying three major turbo blowers and a new one-metre diameter air-main to replace the existing 22 positive displacement blowers.

Suprafilt was awarded the six-month contract by civil engineering and construction company KMI, which is responsible for the upgrade that will increase capacity at the Rochdale works and reduce the flow of ammonia into the river Roch.

The contract is the second biggest won by Suprafilt following a £2million order to supply a system for Liverpool’s wastewater works and is on the doorstep of their Albion Road factory in Rochdale.

Sales Director Graeme Fielden said: “This is an excellent contract for us to secure and we are delighted to be working with KMI.

“The manufacturing aspect of our work at Liverpool will be finished this month so this follows on nicely.

“It’s also just 300 yards away from the back of the factory, which is nice for us as a local company supporting the local economy through the use of local labour.

“It’s also further evidence of our ability to work on major projects and it shows we are doing the right things.

“The growth of the company has been phenomenal and that’s set to continue as we start to win more and more of these new projects.”

Anthony Doherty, KMI Project Manager for the Rochdale treatment works, said: “We are delighted to be working with Suprafilt on this project.

“They are a local company, which is a distinct bonus, but they fulfill everything KMI are looking for in terms of providing a quality product and service and they are also cost-effective.

“We are looking forward to forming a solid relationship with them which we can carry forward into our future projects.”

Suprafilt, which specialises in the design, installation and commissioning of energy-efficient aeration systems for both municipal and industrial sewage treatment plants, doubled its turnover in 2013 to £4million and is on target to increase it further in 2014.

The company, which has increased its number of employees to 25 over the past 12 months, has also recently won contracts worth six-figure sums to carry out work for Severn Trent Water and Thames Water in projects starting next year.

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