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GBV gets £35M pumping station contract with EA

The GBV joint venture between Galliford Try and Black & Veatch has been awarded a £35 million contract to upgrade a new pumping station for the Environment Agency in North Lincolnshire.

The 80-year-old Keadby Pumping Station has reached the end of its working lifeThe 80-year-old Keadby Pumping Station has reached the end of its working life

The Environment Agency said the project will give a new lease of life to the 80-year-old Keadby Pumping Station near Scunthorpe, bringing environmental and flood-risk benefits to an area almost twice the size of Birmingham.

Keadby Pumping Station is used to manage water levels across the Isle of Axholme – around a 500km2 area of North Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire.

The facility helps reduce the risk of flooding by transferring flood water from the ‘Three Rivers’ into the River Trent during high tides.

The Pumping Station reduces flood risk to more than 15,000 homes, 30,000 hectares of high-grade agricultural land, businesses, internationally important habitats, and critical infrastructure such as transport links, a power station and Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

The current station has reached the end of its working life. The current pumps and equipment are unreliable, costly to maintain and are increasingly at risk of breaking down.

The improvements will see the facility’s diesel pumps replaced by more reliable and efficient electric versions. As well as reducing flood risk, the new pumps will also lessen the station’s carbon footprint and are designed to be safe for fish and eels.

The scheme also includes the construction of new electrical equipment buildings within the existing site and rebuilding of the outfall headwall, where the ‘Three Rivers’ discharges to the River Trent.
The introduction of ‘fish-friendly’ pumps will mean both fish and eels can pass safely through the facility, helping them overcome man-made obstacles to their natural migration. The measure is recognised as vital to protecting wildlife and improving the health of rivers.

Construction is set to get underway from mid-April.

Andrew Haigh, the Environment Agency’s senior advisor for flood risk management, said: "The £35 million investment in a new state-of-the-art pumping station at Keadby will enable us to continue to protect over 15,000 homes, businesses and agricultural land from the risk of flooding across the Isle of Axholme.

"We have been working in partnership with the local authorities and the Internal Drainage Boards on our plans to upgrade the current facility with new electric pumps and equipment that will increase reliability and efficiency, leading to more effective water level management in this area. It also offers improved access for fish and eels to migrate between the ‘Three Rivers’ and the River Trent."

Ian Jones, managing director of Galliford Try Environment, said: “The Keadby scheme together with the flood risk management project we’ve recently started at Burton-upon-Trent provide a firm foundation for the growth of our flood and coastal business.”

Author: Robin Hackett, Deputy Editor, WWT and WET News
Topic: Contractors , Pumps & Pumping Systems
Tags: environment agency , Galliford Try , Black & Veatch , pumping station , flooding , fish , eels

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