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Minister visit marks completion of Castor Bay to Belfast Water Trunk Main

24 Mar 2016

Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen recently visited the new St Andrew’s Pumping Station at Temple, which formed a key part of the recently completed £14million Castor Bay-Belfast Water Pipeline. The major water pipeline project was completed by Lagan Construction Group for client Northern Ireland Water, as part of an essential package of work which will improve the security of the water supply infrastructure for customers in Belfast and the wider Lisburn area.

The project, which laid over 29km of pipeline from Castor Bay Water Treatment Works in Craigavon to south Lisburn, included five major trenchless crossings namely Lagan Canal, River Lagan, Belfast-Dublin Railway, M1 Motorway and A1 Carriageway. Works also detailed the construction of two new water pumping stations at Sprucefield and St Andrews, which will have the joint capacity to deliver up to 48.5megalitres of water per day to customers, as well as the re-commissioning of several local service reservoirs.

“This £14million investment will provide a vital source of water coming into Belfast, which will be important in supplementing increased demand, particularly during winter periods, summer droughts and any emergency situations when the infrastructure may be particularly vulnerable. This complex and demanding project involved pipe laying across the M1, A1, River Lagan, Lagan Canal and the railway crossing on the Moyrusk Road in Moira, and I congratulate the project team on completing the work with minimum disruption to the public.”
Michelle McIlveen, Regional Development Minister

Pictured: Back row L – R: Paul Davison (NI Water), Paul Rodgers, Lee Brock Capita, Paddy Harney (Lagan Construction Group) Michael Anderson (Capita), and Declan McKenna (Lagan Construction Group) Front row L -R: Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen, Bill Gowdy and Sara Venning of NI Water.

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