ABB Measurement & Analytics in the UK has won a new multi-million pound framework agreement with Thames Water to supply its biggest ever offering of instrumentation equipment
The framework will see ABB offering an expanded range of products to its previous supply of pressure instrumentation and electromagnetic flowmeters, with the addition of clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters and borehole level transmitters sourced through its established partnerships with Katronic and Impress Sensors.
As well as the equipment from Katronic and Impress, ABB will also be supplying thermal mass and swirl flowmeters for use in applications including gas and biogas lines at Thames Water’s sewage treatment and thermal hydrolysis plants (THP) process digesters.
“We are delighted to have won this extended framework, especially as it recognises our ability to provide more than just electromagnetic flowmeters,” says Steve Wilding, Field Sales Manager for ABB Measurement & Analytics in the UK and Ireland. “The addition of the equipment from Impress and Katronic, together with our thermal mass and swirl flowmeters, will allow us to act as a complete partner covering Thames’ complete flow and pressure measurement requirements.”
ABB’s strong track record as Thames Water’s framework supplier of flow and pressure instrumentation was a major factor in it being awarded the extended framework.
“ABB has been a supplier to Thames Water for over 20 years, supplying battery and mains electromagnetic and coriolis flowmeters and gauge, absolute and differential pressure transmitters for use across the company’s distribution network and treatment works,” says Steve. “The decision to keep us on board for these products and to award us the extended framework demonstrates Thames Water’s confidence in our ability to offer first class levels of service and product performance.”
As the largest water and wastewater service provider in England, with over 13 million customers in London and the surrounding counties, Thames Water has set itself key targets in line with the outcomes focused approach set by Ofwat for AMP6. These include ensuring the continued performance of its water distribution network, minimising interruptions to supply caused by factors such as pressure problems and leakage, and ensuring the continued quality of the potable water supply.
By providing accurate data on conditions from around Thames Water’s distribution network, ABB’s equipment will play a key role in meeting these targets.
“The emphasis on whole life costing and the focus on outcomes imposed by Ofwat for AMP6 puts the onus on the UK’s water companies to have the most accurate picture of what’s happening across their networks,” says Steve. “As Thames Water’s chosen supplier for flow, level and pressure instrumentation, we will ensure that our extended offering helps the company to meet its objectives, both for now and into future AMP periods.”