Siemens UK & Ireland and United Utilities enhance technology partnership

Posted: Wednesday 29th July 2015

As the water sector enters AMP6, the new capital investment period covering 2015 through to 2020, Siemens UK & Ireland has secured two new AMP6-related contracts with United Utilities. The contracts cover the sole-source supply of instrumentation and variable speed drives (VSD) automation technology at United Utilities’ sites across the North West region. These recent agreements build upon the long-standing technology partnership between Siemens and United Utilities first established in AMP3.


Siemens has been selected as sole technology supplier in four major categories of instrumentation: electromagnetic flow meters, ultrasonic levels gauges, ultrasonic level switches and open channel ultrasonic flow meters. In addition, agreement has also been reached for the supply of three further instrumentation categories – radar level gauges, Coriolis flow meters and ultrasonic time-of-flight flow meters.


As well as the supply of instrumentation categories, Siemens has also been chosen as sole technology supplier for the entire United Utilities AMP6 VSD framework contract requirements, ranging in power from 0.37Kw to 2000Kw. The vast majority of drives covered by the new agreement will be manufactured within the United Utilities region at Siemens’ state-of-the-art manufacturing site at Congleton, Cheshire.

Brian Holliday, Managing Director for Digital factory, Siemens UK & Ireland, commented: “This wide-ranging agreement is recognition of the technical and commercial merits of Siemens’ instrumentation and drives technology that can support operational efficiency objectives within the industrial sector. It also strongly reinforces United Utilities’ overall policy of automation equipment integration.

“Siemens has been a long-established supplier of PLCs, communications equipment, HMI and SCADA technology solutions to United Utilities since AMP3, and we’re delighted that we’re strengthening our work together. The agreement clearly demonstrates a strong desire by both parties to extend the control, monitoring and reporting capabilities of many existing United Utilities installations and sets a clear integration strategy for the AMP6 period and beyond, with a commitment to invest in the future.”

Dave Ogden, Head of Operational Technology, from United Utilities said: “United Utilities is one of the UK’s largest water and wastewater companies supplying over 7 million customers and 200,000 businesses, so we’re always looking for ways to ensure quality and efficiency across our sites. We believe the technologies available in this partnership will help us maintain our high quality service, while driving further efficiencies.”

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