New Joint Venture between Severn Trent Services and Response Group wins O&M Contract in Limerick, Ireland

Severn Trent Response awarded multimillion euro, 20-year contract.

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. - Severn Trent Response, a joint venture between Severn Trent Services and the Response Group, was awarded a 20-year operations and maintenance contract for the Limerick Main Drainage Project in southwest Ireland. Operational takeover of the assets commenced in May. The contract is the first for Severn Trent Services in Ireland. The company has O&M responsibilities at nearly 2,000 sites in the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy.

"Forming this joint venture with a strong local partner like Response and winning the Limerick O&M contract are a critical part of Severn Trent Services' strategic expansion of our global Operating Services Division," said Marwan Nesicolaci, vice president of international sales and business development. "In addition to further projects in Ireland for which we have already prequalified to tender, we are also rapidly expanding this division's offerings into Asia, the Middle East and North Africa either directly or through key strategic partners."

"Severn Trent Response very much see this win as a strong vote of confidence by the Irish water sector in our professional capabilities and our ability to meet the technical requirements of the contract" said Response chairman, Noel Hanley, after winning the tender.

The Limerick contract awarded by the Limerick City Council is valued at 60 million (USD 80 million), and includes operations and maintenance of the 130,000-PE (Population Equivalent) Limerick Wastewater Treatment Plant, construction of which was completed in 2004. The plant utilizes a secondary treatment processes to produce an effluent that conforms to the European Union's (EU) Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive (UWWTD) and the Shannon Estuary Water Quality Management Plan. Severn Trent Response will operate and maintain the treatment plant, a thermal sludge dryer, 20 km (12.4 miles) of mains sewers and 10 pumping stations. To ensure the effective and cost efficient operation of the infrastructure, Severn Trent Response will utilize the services of their highly qualified teams of experienced technical and management staff.

About Severn Trent Services

Severn Trent Services (, with global headquarters in Fort Washington, Pa., USA, is a leading supplier of water and wastewater solutions. The company's broad range of products and services is concentrated around disinfection, instrumentation and filtration technologies, and contract operating services. Our analytical services group is the United Kingdom's leading environmental testing organization, and our international operating services business provides worldwide contract operation and support for all aspects of water and wastewater utility operational development and business transformation. Severn Trent Services is a member of the Severn Trent Plc (London: SVT.L) group of companies. Severn Trent is a FTSE 100 company.

About Response Group

Response Group, the holding company for Severn Trent Response, was founded in 1998 as a preventive maintenance contractor and has since developed into one of Ireland's leading providers and operators of water services installations for major industrial and municipal clients. Response Engineering regularly undertakes projects procured by traditional design/build and design/ build/ operate/ maintain contracts.

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