Thames Water Hires Black & Veatch for Plant Expansion

Thames Water has selected Black & Veatch as principal contractor to upgrade and extend Mogden Sewage Treatment Works in West London. Construction will start in the spring on a project to significantly reduce storm sewage that overflows into the River Thames during heavy rainfall.

As principal contractor, Black & Veatch is responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the extended works.

Steve Shine, Thames Water’s chief operating officer, said, “This work marks a fundamental step in improving the quality of London’s iconic river. We inherited a Victorian sewerage system, which is struggling to cope with the demands of 21st Century London. Since it was built, the capital’s population has more than doubled, climate change is bringing less frequent but heavier rainfall and many green spaces have been concreted over preventing natural drainage.

“Although our sewage works operate well under stable dry weather conditions, in heavy rainfall excess flows pass through storm tanks, which provide a lower standard of treatment, and overflow into the tidal stretches of the River Thames – rather than having sewage back up onto the streets or even into people's homes.

“The improvements at Mogden Sewage Works, which currently serves 1.9 million Londoners, will enable the site to treat 34 percent more sewage and allow for a six percent population increase until 2021. As well as significantly reducing sewage discharges, these improvements will help reduce odor at the site, as storm tank use will be reduced and new and existing equipment will be covered.”

The plant’s treatment capacity will be increased by 34 percent. In addition to reducing stormwater discharges, around 40 percent of the energy required to treat stormwater and wastewater will be generated onsite from renewable biogas – a byproduct of the sewage treatment process. The improvement works will be carried out over a three-year program.

According to Tony Collins, managing director for Black & Veatch, “The Mogden project is a great opportunity for Black & Veatch to deliver a first-class plant for Thames Water and its customers. We have a great team in place who can call on Black & Veatch’s expertise from anywhere in the world to add value to the project.”

The project forms a part of Thames Water’s £650m investment program to improve treatment standards and increase the volume of sewage treated at Mogden, Crossness, Beckton, Long Reach, and Riverside sewage treatment works.

Thames Water is the United Kingdom’s largest water and sewerage company, serving 13.6 million customers across London and the Thames Valley.

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