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Biwater teams up with local for water works

CONTRACTS - NORTHERN I RELAND

A JOINT venture between Biwater and local firm Graham has won a £37 million deal to build a wastewater treatment plant in Northern Ireland.

The works at Craigtown More, near Portrush, will treat sewage from the seaside resort as well as its coastal neighbour Portstewart plus nearby Castlerock, Articlave and Coleraine.

Client on the scheme, the Department for Regional Development Water Service, wants beaches on the northern coast to comply with the EU's blue flag beach standard status.

The Portrush scheme is part of a mammoth £735 million upgrade of the Province's water and sewerage infrastructure.

Graham/Biwater beat three other teams ? Earth Tech/Farrans, Dawson/Black & Veatch/ Mowlem and Purac/Charles Brand and WS Atkins ? to the project which begins later this summer.

All work will be finished by spring 2007, when existing plants at Articlave and Coleraine will shut down.