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Scots pick Thistle

Scottish Water has chosend Thistle Water - a consortium of Jacobs UK Ltd, Laing O’Rourke Infrastructure Ltd and Veolia Water UK Plc - as the preferred bidder to support delivery of its Capital Investment Programme for 2010 onwards.

Thistle Water and Scottish Water will form a commercial partnership: ‘Scottish Water Solutions 2’, to deliver an initial tranche of around £520M of work on Scotland’s water assets.

Three activities will now begin:

  • Following a ten day cooling-off period, Thistle will begin to deliver professional services under an ‘Early Start’ agreement.
  • Partnership’s systems, accommodation and secondee arrangements will be made by a ‘Transition’ team.
  • Scottish Water and Thistle Water will work to the award the contract for ‘Scottish Water Solutions 2’, after the Water Industry Commission’s ‘Final Determination’ is published at the end of November, 2009.

Scottish Water’s Asset Management Director, Geoff Aitkenhead, said: “A considerable amount of work has been put in by both bid teams to get to this standard and stage of the process, and we have had two very strong bids for the second generation of Scottish Water Solutions.

“However, I believe that with this decision, we have established a good footing on which to go forward and continue negotiations to ensure we can deliver the efficient investment we need for our customers.

“I would also like to pay tribute to our current partners in Solutions who continue to work with Scottish Water in the delivery of massive benefits to our customers both efficiently and on time,” he said.

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