NI Water has awarded a contract valued at £58 million to Cookstown based company, GO Power.
Together, GO Power and NI Water will focus on delivering a cost effective service with an emphasis on environmental impact.
Through this contract, 30% of NI Water’s electricity will come from renewable sources, bringing the company closer to the NI Assembly’s target of 40% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
Michael Loughran, Managing Director of GO Power added: “We are delighted to have secured the contract to supply NI Water, the largest individual consumer of electricity in the NI Market.
“We look forward to working closely with NI Water and drawing on our skills and expertise to deliver a first class energy product, customer service and account management.”
Ronan Larkin Director of Finance and Regulation with NI Water, commented: “This is one of NI Water’s largest contracts in terms of annual revenue expenditure. We are confident the terms of the contract will provide excellent value for money for NI Water while meeting our own environmental target of 40% renewable by 2021.
We look forward to working closely with NI Water and drawing on our skills and expertise to deliver a first class energy product, customer service and account management.”
“It is often a surprise to people that NI Water is the largest consumer of electricity. However, with over 26,700km of water mains and 15,250km of sewers and thousands of assets to maintain, electricity is an essential component of our provision of water and wastewater services throughout Northern Ireland.”
Welcoming the contract award, Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy said: “This is good news for both the local economy and the environment. I want to congratulate local company GO Power for winning this significant contract. This contract will further deliver NI Water’s policy of being an environmentally friendly and responsible organisation.”
The contract terms allow NI Water to use a portfolio approach to buying its electricity, buying different percentages of its load on different dates. This is an unusual practice within Northern Ireland, though common among UK water companies. The main benefit of this practice is allowing NI Water to keep its electricity costs within budget by taking advantage of low prices or by avoiding high prices.
This contract is just one of over 300 goods and services contracts overseen by NI Water’s Operational Procurement team with a total annual spend of approximately £100m. Approximately 55% of these goods and services contracts are awarded to local Northern Ireland based companies, with 100 % of contracts on our capital works schemes allocated to local construction companies bringing a welcome boost to local employment in this sector.
NI Water is an accredited Centre of Procurement Expertise and has attained ISO 9001 registration for procurement.