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Horsley Water Treatment Works Upgrade

A £46M project to upgrade Horsley WTW has now reached a key milestone. We have selected our partners, a joint venture partnership with Doosan Enpure and Interserve Construction, to upgrade the treatment works.

Update by Geoff Joyce

Hi, everyone

I dropped a proper rick last week by talking in jargon - when I mentioned MCC's on a number of occasions. A motor control centre (MCC) is an assembly of one or more enclosed sections having a common power bus (a strip or bar of copper, brass or aluminium that conducts electricity within a switchboard, distribution board, substation.......blah, blah, blah.....nuclear submarine....) and principally containing motor control units. Motor control centers are, in modern practice, a factory assembly of several motor starters. A motor control center can include variable frequency drives, programmable controllers, and metering and may also be the electrical service entrance for the building. I hope that's now clear to everyone and you can show off this new-found knowledge over your next favoured drink. Although derived from the Latin "omnibus" the bus reference here has nothing to do with a mode of public transport - which reminds me that as I entered my 61st year on the planet somebody spitefully advised me that my Local Authority had withdrawn the bus pass I'd been looking forward to for the last 10 years (apparently if I'd moved to Liverpool I would have got one - don't get me started!!). A photo of an MCC panel is attached.

Anyway, work has continued in the Actiflo MCC (see above) room with the installation of cable support trays. Similar work has continued around the Actiflo building. Underground duct installation to provide electric cable routes around the site continued. High level weir walls were cast in the Birney Hill Pumping Station at the southern end of the site. Final concrete benching concrete work was completed to the Inlet distribution chamber (this is the location where raw water enters the site from the River Tyne and Whittle Dene reservoirs. Work to support the outlet channels in the Rapid Gravity filters was completed.

As a treat from our respective companies we've been given the opportunity of completing a short walk from the site through Horsley Village and back, coupled with a litter-picking event. (Look out for a band of well-honed people trudging through the village at lunchtime on Wednesday, 16 May. If you see a group fitting this description give me shout as you're looking the wrong way. This is to support the wellbeing of all staff. The fact that we're doing this in our lunch break begs the question will I need to stock up on Gaviscon for the impending heartburn brought on by eating en route? Oh, well, if we're not marching we're fighting!

Have a nice weekend.

Geoff

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