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Thames Water issues £500m contract notice

Thames Water is seeking a contractor as part of its private sewers procurement process worth more than half a billion pounds.

The company has reissued an OJEU notice seeking a contractor for £510 million works including blockage clearance, associated major civil works and ancillary activities including jetting and sewer reconstruction.

The notice states that as a result of proposed regulations under the Water Act (2003) it is anticipated that Thames Water will adopt private sewers and lateral drains on 1 October of this year.

The company states this will result in an increase of approximately 60 per cent or 40,000 km  of sewer length currently supported by Thames Water which may equate to up to 200,000 additional activities over and above the current sewer blockage clearance and maintenance provision.

The value of the contract is £510m with Thames Water seeking applicants for lot one of the works to provide an overall management structure for services provided including customer management, blockage clearance and ancilliary services.

The contract would be for an initial duration of three and a half years with the option to extend up to a maximum duration of eight and a half years.

Tenders of requests to participate must be submitted to Thames Water Utilities Ltd at by 22 February at 12pm.

Applicants for lot one of the contract must have a minimum turnover of £50m.

A spokesperson said the notice was being reissued due to “some ambiguity surrounding the service requirement for Lot 1 within the original private sewers procurement process.”

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