Posted: Tuesday 11th August 2015

BNM Alliance, a joint venture that has been formed by North Midland Construction PLC and Barhale PLC, has recently been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Severn Trent Water to deliver three tunnelling projects and one pipeline project on the Elan Valley Aqueduct. This follows the recent signing of the AMP 6 Infrastructure Contract Extension.

The contract forms part of Severn Trent’s overall Strategic Resilience Plan to secure Birmingham’s water supply for the next century which was approved by the regulator, Ofwat, in the Final Determination published last December.

The project at the Elan Valley Aqueduct will see the purchase of a new Earth Pressure Balanced Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), supplied by Herrenknecht, to deal with rock strengths up to 190mpa and 10bar of external water pressure.

Severn Trent’s Strategic Grid Team, working closely with feasibility consultant, Atkins Arup, tendered the four projects in record-breaking time to ensure that the ODI obligation date of March 2017 is met for the first project. The team is co-locating at Barhale’s Walsall office in order to achieve the on-site start date of October and take delivery of the new TBM early in 2016.

Liv Garfield, CEO of Severn Trent Water, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our One Supply Chain and demonstrates how they can deliver with pace for the benefit of our customers and our company.”

The contract was signed at a gathering at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in London, accompanied by senior members of the BNM Alliance and Severn Trent Water.

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