Thames Water Utilities Limited (Thames Water) is the UK's largest water and sewerage company, serving 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley. A total of 4.4 billion litres of sewage is treated every day, a volume requiring significant infrastructure and over 40,000 assets dependent on lubrication.
Setting a new industry benchmark for asset care, the company have partnered with award winning Mobil Distributor, WP Group, to develop and deliver a tailored lubrication programme. Targeted at ‘reducing customer impact by improving asset reliability, driving down cost of failure and decreasing energy consumption’, WP Group will combine high performance Mobil lubricants with advanced engineering expertise.
Feeding into the Totex model of investment introduced by water regulator ‘Ofwat’ in 2015, the programme considers the whole-life cost of an asset, regardless of initial outlay. Sarah McMath - Head of Strategic Business at Thames Water comments; “The shift to an outcomes-based approach gives companies the freedom to choose the more suitable – and cost effective – solution.” (1)
Reducing reactive maintenance and increasing energy efficiency by as much as 6%, the improvements are expected to deliver significant long-term savings. WP Group’s Lubricants Engineering Manager, Matt Hill; comment; “‘The impact of lubrication is often underestimated with as much as 50% of bearing failure and 20% of all maintenance costs attributed to incorrect application, frequency, volume or grade.”
Supporting Thames Water’s commitment to achieving the very best in Health, Safety and Environmental performance, WP Group’s best-practice approach will ensure a safe, reliable and long-term solution to asset care and efficiency. WP Group’s Commercial Director, Darren Borras concludes; “The partnership with Thames Water is a great example of our innovative and market-leading approach to sustainable customer solutions.”
(1) Utility Week. (2015, December 11). The Topic: totex. Retrieved from http://utilityweek.co.uk/news/the-topic-totex/1196702#.V-jZvCQodao.