Major AMP5 Wins for Mouchel
7 June 2010, News release from Mouchel Group
Consulting and business services group Mouchel has strengthened its position as a leading supplier of expertise to the UK water sector with four major Asset Management Programme (AMP5) contract wins.
The industry's five-year AMP5 investment period, from April 2010 to March 2015, will see an estimated £19bn spent on capital investment. Mouchel's recent wins with South West Water, Wessex Water, and Yorkshire Water Services join its ongoing United Utilities work and serve to build upon the group's strong standing in the sector following extensive involvement during previous AMP investment rounds.
South West Water (SWW) has appointed Mouchel to deliver a wide-ranging series of Water Distribution Studies as part of its K5 framework programme. K5 is SWW's capital programme for the AMP5 period, which involves the latter investing £590 million in its assets.
During the AMP5 period, SWW aims to develop its approach to Distribution Studies from the current, static 'snapshot' approach - with each asset on the network assessed once every five years - to a 'live' system. This will provide an ongoing and constantly updated view of the network, highlighting sections that most need attention and reflecting the effects of interventions already undertaken.
When the contract started in April, Mouchel continued to produce the Distribution Studies in their existing format in order to ensure a seamless handover. However, at the same time, its team began working to develop the 'live' system solution, which will be introduced gradually during the course of the contract.
The initial duration of the framework is two years. This may be extended by up to a further five years at the discretion of SWW, subject to performance.
Meanwhile, Wessex Water has appointed Mouchel to a five-year framework contract, which will help deliver its £1.2bn AMP5 investment programme.
Mouchel has been appointed as design consultant to the 'networks' workstream portion of the programme, alongside partners Lewis Civil Engineering and May Gurney (EM&I). This appointment is for a broad remit of activities supporting the maintenance and upgrade of the clean water and sewerage networks.
Mouchel's Engineering & Environment division put together the winning bid - the first time the consultant has provided capital design services to the water company - and a new team, based in Bristol, will service the contract.
Dependent upon performance, there may be opportunities to extend the services of the best performing workstream teams into AMP6.
Continuing its success, Mouchel has also signed an AMP5 framework contract with United Utilities (UU). Mouchel has worked with UU since 2003, and will now extend that partnership to 2015 on the Process Partner framework contract.
Working with joint venture partners Murphy Group, Interserve Project Services and Keir Construction under the KMI Plus banner, the contract involves the design and construction of improvements to UU's non-infrastructure assets across the north of the region.
The overall Process Partner framework is worth £800million over the five-year AMP5 investment period, and forms part of the £4bn UU has to invest during AMP5.
The latest win for Mouchel is with Yorkshire Water Services (YWS) Ltd, which plans to invest £1.9 billion during AMP5. It has appointed the group to provide specialist modelling consultancy services under its Drainage Area Planning framework.
Drainage Area Planning provides an overview of the needs within a catchment area and develops an approach to solve the issues identified. The work involves a strategic and detailed review of drainage assets and the targeting of investment to upgrade the asset base in accordance with regulatory and environmental drivers, in order to support serviceability targets. These studies provide a forward-looking programme for both capital and operational investment programmes.
Yorkshire Water's Drainage Area Planning programme will also require Mouchel to investigate multi-stakeholder flooding and environmental issues associated with Surface Water Management Plans and Water Framework Directive drivers.
These four AMP5 wins supplement Mouchel's earlier contract successes in the water market. In late 2009, along with further work for its asset management and operations teams, the company was awarded Thames Water's leakage framework contract and two contracts with Severn Trent Water - the design and build, and the feasibility framework.
"Adding these major wins to Mouchel's growing water pipeline for the next five years is a great achievement," said Tom Rowe, Mouchel's Operating Group Director for Engineering and Environment.
"This additional work is a result of our strategy to provide a complete range of services supporting the whole water cycle. Our operations, asset management, capital design and management consulting teams now support virtually all the UK water companies, often at several levels."
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