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Costain appointed to UU maintenance framework contract

Costain has been appointed as sole maintenance service provider by United Utilities across its operations under a framework contract for an initial period of five years with an option to extend to 10 years.

Costain CEO Alex Vaughan said the company aims to help United Utilities achieve a step change in performanceCostain CEO Alex Vaughan said the company aims to help United Utilities achieve a step change in performance

Under the contract, the smart infrastructure solutions company will provide overall management and delivery of United Utilities’ larger-scale water and wastewater asset maintenance activities across the entirety of its network, including 96 water treatment and 575 wastewater treatment sites, which serves over six million people in the North West of England.

This contract marks the first time United Utilities has outsourced its maintenance activity as it seeks to drive material efficiency and operational improvements in line with customer expectations and regulatory requirements.

Utilising Costain’s integrated technology and consulting solutions, United Utilities aims to move from a reactive ‘fix-on-fail’ approach to a proactive maintenance programme, thereby improving the resilience of its assets and environmental outcomes while ensuring continuity of supply and consequently lowering costs for its customers.

Contract mobilisation will begin immediately in preparation for the official start in June 2019. The framework is expected to be worth around £35 million per annum throughout the duration of the contract.

Costain CEO Alex Vaughan said: “By integrating our programme management, asset optimisation and technology capabilities, Costain will help United Utilities to support its business transformation.

"Our integrated services and use of digital technology will help to deliver a step change in business performance and operational efficiencies for United Utilities in support of their strategy and in line with customer expectations and regulatory requirements.”

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Asset Management , Contractors
Tags: United Utilities , Costain , maintenance

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