£16m mine water treatment works deal awarded

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Civil engineering firm JN Bentley has been awarded a contract to build a mine water treatment on behalf of the Coal Authority…

The £16m scheme will see JN Bentley design and build a mine water treatment works for the Coal Authority.

JN Bentley, which was bought by Mott MacDonald last year, is set to work with Severn Trent Services on the scheme.

The deal will be worth between £2.5m to £4m a year, and will bring the three firms together using a new partnership approach.

In a statement the Coal Authority said: “The three organisations will be working together using a new partnership approach, which will focus on continuous improvement through the design of innovative and sustainable solutions.

“Partnership working will take place from concept through to the construction and operation of each mine water treatment scheme.”

The Coal Authority built its first mine water treatment recently in a bid to address pollution from metal mines.

Existing facilities constructed on behalf of the Coal Authority prevent over 4,000 tones of iron solids from entering Britain’s waterways every year, as well as protecting a number of the nation’s drinking water aquifers from pollution caused by rising mine waters.

Simon Reed, chief operating officer of the Coal Authority, said: “The procurement process has been extremely competitive, and we received many high-quality proposals.

“We are delighted to announce that we will be combining our expertise with that of Severn Trent Services and JN Bentley to continue to resolve the impacts of mining on the environment.

“Our programmes for addressing water pollution from both coal and metal mines will be enhanced as we work together to deliver innovation and schemes with strong economic and environmental benefits.”

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