WP Group and Thames Water innovative operation saves cash and carbon

 18th Oct 2012

Thames Water, a WP customer, is aiming to save £375,000 a year in operating costs by using a new Mobil energy-efficient lubricant machinery at its sewage works.

Water Treatment

The company also hopes to make an annual carbon footprint saving of 2,500 tonnes, ­ the equivalent to the carbon emissions made by 490 households*.

A trial at Beckton, Britain’s biggest sewage works, has shown that the machinery is now able to run using less energy and lasts at least a year longer. This is because it reduces the friction and drag in bearings and gears that can cause increased energy consumption and wear.

The lubricant, manufactured by Mobil, has been applied to aeration equipment used during the sewage treatment process, making it up to six per cent more efficient in trials.

The test results have also shown that it can cut the operation’s the carbon footprint by 40 tonnes, ­ equal to the amount nine households produce in emissions, and has also made cash savings of £5,500 a year.

With 273 similar aeration plants across its 250 sewage works in London and the Thames Valley, Thames Water could potentially save up to £375,000 a year by using the new product.

Thames Water’s Energy Efficiency Manager, said:
“By making our operation a bit slicker, we’re able to save energy and therefore save money. Not only is that good for the environment, it’s good for our customers too. When it comes to being efficient, grease really is the word.”

Chris Hazelton, Environment Agency Environment Manager, said:
“We always welcome innovations in energy resource efficiency and new measures that reduce the amount of carbon businesses produce. Thames Water is clearly showing great commitment in becoming an even Greener Business with this pilot scheme at the country’s biggest sewage treatment works. We look forward to seeing the progress of this project in the future.”

Thames Water’s Energy Efficiency Manager added: “The trial at Beckton has been a great success and has really shown what we can save in terms of both money and energy. And this is just the start - we are already looking for opportunities to make further machinery even slicker.”

Nick Smith, Mobil’s UK and Ireland industrial Lubricants Manager, commented of this joint approach: “We are pleased to see that the results of the trial collaboration between Thames Water and Mobil Industrial Lubricants’ distributor, WP Group, indicate such significant potential cost savings by using one of our next generation, energy efficient lubricants. ExxonMobil Lubricants and Specialities has engineered lubricants to support the demands of advanced industrial equipment, to help operations such as those of Thames Water, reduce power consumption and increase machinery output, ­ ultimately leading to much greater productivity. This is one of many trials as we continue to look at how these lubricants are applied throughout the UK to help more of our customers improve the efficiency of their operations. That’s why it is great to see such positive results at Thames water as this is another reinforcement of the product’s performance in action.”

The final word from WP Group's Darren Borras Group Commercial Director who brought the three companies together: “Linking ExxonMobil’s market-leading innovation and energy saving products with Thames Water's ambitious sustainability targets has focused all three companies to make a real and measurable difference by driving down emissions and reducing waste.”

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Notes For Editors

The WP Group, headquartered near Southampton in Hampshire, is a leading independent distributor of fuels and lubricants, with a £160m annual turnover and employing 70 people.

Based at Wessex House, Cadland Road, Hardley, Hythe, WP offers a complete portfolio of products and bespoke service solutions across each of its eight trading divisions ­ Industrial, Aviation, Agricultural, Heating, Automotive, Commercial, Motorsport and Marine.

WP, located by Fawley Oil Refinery, has a 50-year heritage and is the supplier and support specialist of choice to thousands of businesses.

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