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Environment Agency to shake up £45m fleet

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THE ENVIRONMENT Agency is poised to restructure its plant operations following an extensive review by the Agency's new head of fleet operation, Dale Eynon.

Mr Eynon said the agency is likely to go out to the hire industry more as it seeks to reduce its reliance on a 1,000strong plant fleet. At the same time, it has issued an invitation to tender for its national plant supply contract The contract, currently held by CNH, will run for four years and covers the supply of excavators and other heavy plant.

Although the Official Journal notice contains no indicative value, with a fleet valued at around £45 million and a nominal five-year replacement policy the contract is likely to be worth several million pounds a year.

Agency procurement manager Philippa Watts said: 'We have not put in a value as we do not yet know exactly where we will be in four year's time. But we have compiled a list of what we are looking for in terms of kit and the service to be supplied.' n See the interview with Dale Eynon on page 52