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BDS AGM & new UK dams lecture

Event organised by The British Dam Society

Date
24 April 2023
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Overview

The UK reservoir industry is currently going through significant changes with a call for increased resilience within water supplies and greater demand for renewable energy.

This was highlighted in a recent presentation at the 21st BDS Biennial Conference paper ‘Best value planning of strategic water supply reservoirs in England’ by Julian Welbank and outlined the number of reservoirs included in regional plans. It concluded that at least 10 reservoirs or water storage projects are under investigation, some of which such are now underway.

In addition, the first large scale pumped storage project for 30 years, Coire Glas which, was approved by the Scottish Government in 2020.

This presentation will provide an update on some of these major projects underway/planned by those directly involved across the industry.

Speakers

Georgina Seely CEng FICE

Georgina Seely CEng FICE

Thames Water

head of strategic resources engineering

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Georgina Seely CEng FICE

Georgina has over 23 years’ experience working in the water industry, she is part of the senior lead team responsible for the next stage of scheme development of the Strategic Resource Options (SROs) for Thames Water; the portfolio includes the proposed Southeast Strategic Resource Option, a new storage reservoir to support the region.

Georgina is a Fellow of the ICE and member of the ICE Water and Sanitation Community Advisory Board.

Ruari Maybank

Ruari Maybank

Havant Thicket Reservoir

project director

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Ruari Maybank

Ruari is a project director with over 20 years of experience in leading and delivering major infrastructure projects.

Previous projects include the expansion of London Luton Airport, planning transport infrastructure for the FIFA World Cup Qatar, providing utilities infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Millennium Dome and a number of Private Finance Initiatives.

While his experience covers a broad range of industries, common factors have been projects which are high profile, have complex stakeholder environments and require innovation to meet challenging objectives.

Mark Malcolm FICE CEng MEng

Mark Malcolm FICE CEng MEng

Anglian Water

programme director, major infrastructure

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Mark Malcolm FICE CEng MEng

Having joined the company in 2020, Mark was appointed to develop and lead a portfolio of Anglian Water’s future capital investment projects. These include two multi-billion pound raw water reservoirs planned for the East of England – Fens and Lincolnshire Reservoirs – both currently in the development phase and scheduled to commence construction in the late 2020s.

Another project is the relocation of Cambridge’s waste water treatment plant, scheduled to commence construction in 2024, which when moved will enable a new north-east city district to be created. These schemes are all Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) which follow the Development Consent Order (DCO) planning process.

Prior to Anglian Water, Mark led Black & Veatch’s contracting business in the UK & Europe Region focusing on design/build delivery water and energy clients. From 2005 to 2016 he worked across Australia and New Zealand, primarily leading the water industry activities for the contracting and engineering business Downer in the municipal water and resources/mining sectors. This followed almost a decade with Thames Water in project management, construction and engineering roles.

Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill

Stantec

technical director and all reservoirs panel engineer

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Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill is a Technical Director and All Reservoirs Panel Engineer at Stantec with more than 25 years’ experience in dam engineering and hydropower projects. Matthew has been responsible for the design of many new dams both in the UK and internationally and has worked water supply and hydropower projects in more than 15 countries.

Matthew has been involved with the Coire Glas project since 2010, when the initial feasibility studies and an initial planning application was submitted and now leads Stantec’s technical inputs as Owner’s Engineer for SSE’s 1,500 MW project.

For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell