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The misses

Project 70; PFI

*With the Fort William works now operational for nine months, Catchment has been able to start assessing the benefits of such team integration. And the glow of 100% plant reliability so far is somewhat offset by the discovery that the need to change or modify plant has cost the equivalent of 4.7% of first year operating expenditure.

That equipment stores needed enlarging, and more powerful tanker washout facilities were required leaves Smith with mixed feelings. 'It indicates room for improvement,' he concedes. 'But, without such an accounting exercise, we would not have discovered this valuable lesson to take forward to our next PFI contract, hopefully Tay.'

Catchment is preferred bidder for this £100M scheme involving improved sewage treatment along a 35km stretch of the River Tay near Dundee.

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