Date: 12 March 2009

Veolia Water UK Chief Executive Frederic Devos and Deputy Chief Executive Olivier Bret visited Northern Ireland recently to view the work being carried out on Northern Ireland Water’s £122m Project Omega Scheme. 

The Project which commenced in 2006 and is scheduled to complete in 2032, is being delivered through a 50:50 joint venture company between Veolia Water UK and Laing O’Rourke, called Glen Water. Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd and local companies BSG Civil Engineering, from Maghera, Dawson Wam from Ballynahinch and Williams Industrial Services from Belfast also form part of the Glen Water consortium. 

In addition to the building of a new state of the art Wastewater Treatment Works and three associated pumping stations serving a population equivalent of 110,000 in North Down/Ards, the scheme also includes upgrades at six existing wastewater treatment works and the provision of a second stream incinerator. When completed the project will be treating 20% of Northern Ireland’s wastewater and 100% of Northern Ireland’s sludge treatment and disposal.

Frederic and Olivier were given a guided tour of the new North Down/Ards Wastewater Treatment works which uses SBR technology.  It is the first time this technology has been used in the treatment of wastewater in Northern Ireland.

As well as taking the opportunity to meet Veolia staff based in Northern Ireland, Frederic and Olivier also visited Briggs Rock Pumping Station and the new second stream incinerator currently under construction at Duncrue Incinerator. 

Pictured (l-r) are Deputy Chief Execuitve Olivier Bret, Veolia Water UK Chief Executive Frederic Devos and General Manager of Project Omega Jim Conlon.

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