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Tamesis selects MGA Controls Ltd. & Val-Matic for the Crossness Pumping Station Upgrade

In 2010 Thames Water appointed Tamesis – a joint venture between Laing O'Rourke and Imtech Process Ltd - as the contractor for its project to upgrade Crossness Sewage Treatment Works in East London. This was an upgrade contract worth more than £145m.

Improvements to Thames Water

The improvements were to enable the site to treat 44 per cent more sewage than it does now, significantly reducing the amount of storm sewage that overflows into the River Thames during heavy rainfall when the site becomes overloaded. The project included the installation of a wind turbine – the first ever to power a British sewage works – that will help generate up to half the energy needed to power the site. The upgrade would also see new odour controlled treatment processes and environmental enhancements.

The work at Crossness is part of Thames Water’s £650 million programme to improve treatment standards and increase the volume of sewage treated at London’s five major sewage treatment works - Crossness, Mogden, Beckton, Long Reach and Riverside.

What Valve Packages did Thames Water Install?

To the surprise of many within the industry, Thames Water opted to install Val-Matic Eccentric Plug Valve packages across the full range of sizes (6”, 8”, 10” & 36”) for the PST, de-sludge & aeration applications.

Plug valves at Tamesis

Who are Val-Matic?

Val-Matic are a US based valve manufacturer and although they have historically dominated certain wastewater valve markets around the world, until now they have never before had a significant presence in the UK. MGA Controls Ltd is an established UK based solutions provider in the field of Valves and Instrumentation and has been successfully supporting UK industry for over 25 years now. MGA Controls Ltd is the exclusive agent for Val-matic in the UK.

What MGA Controls Ltd had to say about the deal

Jason Dean, Technical sales engineer for MGA Controls commented that...“It was important to demonstrate that we were offering a quality solution. During the procurement cycle, the MGA technical support team developed packages to support the Tamesis JV design team. This enabled them to accurately design their systems to ensure that they could meet the exceptionally tight control requirements dictated by Thames Water. It also helped develop an understanding of the Val-matic products’ ability to be able to withstand harsh process environments with its hard wearing and non-stick fusion bonded epoxy coating, coupled with a unique bearing arrangement and grit guards to extend longevity. It was a combination of these factors that gave the Tamesis JV the confidence to propose the Val-matic solution to Thames Water as their preferred product choice.”

Mr David Wilson, the MD of MGA Controls Ltd commented…“We were very pleased to have been awarded this contract and to have delivered all valves and actuators on time. At MGA we always strive to offer a high level of technical expertise & support and in this instance I believe it proved decisive. Along with our increasing stock levels of eccentric plug valves, resilient hinge check valves and our range of air valves, we believe we are now well equipped to offer more than a viable alternative to the other established suppliers in this market place”.

To speak to a technical expert from MGA Controls Ltd, visit the Solution Centre.

Industry Expert

Jason Dean

Expert in specifying and sizing valves & controls for water & wastewater applications.

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