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Client: Northern Ireland Water and Glen Water
Project: The supply and successful installation of fine screening and screenings handling capability for Project Omega in Northern Ireland.
Project partners: Laing O’Rourke

Project Omega is a Public Private Partnership project between Northern Ireland Water and Glen Water (a joint venture company incorporating Veolia Water and Laing O’Rourke) for capital works and the operation of seven wastewater treatment facilities, across 6 sites in Northern Ireland. The majority of the project involved improvements to existing facilities with the exception of the North Down/Ards Peninsula in County Down, where a brand new treatment works and associated feeder pumping stations were needed to provide treatment for sewage from Bangor, Donaghadee and Millisle.

The £1 million contract for the screens and screenings handling element of the project was awarded in two parts by Laing O’Rourke to Longwood Engineering. Phase 1, awarded in June 06, formed part of the advance works, prior to the finalisation of the PPP contract, which required the completion of the brand new treatment works in North Down/ Ards by January 08. Longwood Engineering’s brief was to manage the supply and installation of 2 new Escalator screens.

Phase 2 was awarded in June 07 and for this part of the project Longwood Engineering was responsible for both the screens and screenings handling across the remaining sites – Seagoe, Bullays Hill, Ballyrickard, Ballynacor and Armagh. The work involved a combination of retro-fit and new channels. A total of twelve, 6mm (2D)Escalator screens and ten Combi-Wash units, along with Local Control Panels, were successfully installed across the five sites, meeting all required criteria and deadlines.

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