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EPS Forms Partnership with RHDHV for Turnkey Nereda® Package Plants

Nereda Package Plant Render

EPS Group is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnering arrangement with Royal HaskoningDHV for the supply of Nereda package plants for smaller works across the Irish and UK water sectors, serving up to 10,000 population equivalent. The arrangement, as one of three delivery partners for packaged Nereda, builds on our extensive experience in the design and delivery of full-scale Nereda wastewater treatment plants in Ireland and the UK since 2013.

The partnership will deliver a range of standardised package plants to select water sector customers, based on the award-winning Nereda granular activated sludge wastewater treatment technology. The plants have been designed to be manufactured, assembled and pre-tested off-site, which will drive improved cost efficiency, shorter delivery programmes and improved construction health and safety standards.

Managing Director Patrick Buckley says,

"It is important for us to offer the best whole-life solution to our customers. Being able to provide turnkey delivery of Nereda Package and Mini Plants – including factory build and pretesting, transport to site, assembly and process start up – will mean we can help water companies meet their present and future consents as efficiently as possible.”

Patrick continued:

“In recent years we invested in our new, state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence for Design & Manufacture at our Group headquarters. This gives us the capacity and capability to offer our customers and clients across the water sector the highest standards of digital design, manufacture and factory testing in the delivery of their assets, including Nereda package plants. EPS is a proven force in the delivery of off-site DfMA solutions and this partnership builds on our standing in this specialist discipline.”

“The delivery of smaller scale standardised package solutions in addition to larger scale Nereda installations has been on our radar since the very beginning of our relationship and signing of our initial licence agreement in 2013 with RHDHV. The potential and positive environmental impact is far greater when this technology is made available for smaller scale works”, says Patrick.

EPS brings a global market-leading background in delivering Nereda solutions to the table. The company designed, built and now operates three full-scale Nereda plants for Irish Water in Co. Cork in Ireland, including the 65,000 PE plant at Shanbally. In the UK, EPS provided the Nereda technology package on projects at Great Dunmow (Anglian Water), Inverurie (Scottish Water) and Dungannon (Northern Ireland Water), and the design of a second large-scale Nereda project in Scotland is approaching completion.

EPS also has a strong track record in the design and manufacture of Nereda pilot plants. This includes the provision of units for pilot trials at Ringsend WwTP (Dublin), Duncrue Street (Belfast) and Newmarket (Anglian Water), as well as exports to North America and Manila in the Philippines to further promote the rollout of the technology in these regions.

Patrick concluded:

“This marks a further significant step on the EPS journey with Nereda and follows up on the successes we’ve realised under our Nereda licence in Ireland and our projects to date in the UK. We look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with Royal HaskoningDHV and our water company clients and Tier 1 partners in bringing this new iteration of a proven and sustainable technology to fruition.”

René Noppeney, Global Director Nereda at Royal HaskoningDHV explains:

“With the new AMP 7 phosphorus consent challenges, the timing was right to introduce the Nereda Package Plants. The alternative of continued dependency on high levels of chemical dosing for years to come is simply not sustainable. Our Nereda technology provides chemical-free phosphorus removal.  We are offering a new delivery model too and have partnered with three leading specialist contractors to ensure fast, efficient and safe delivery to all water companies”.

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EPS Wins DfMA Project of the Year at Water Industry Awards

Water Industry Awards Winner 2020

EPS Water was announced as the winner of the Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) Project of the Year at the Water Industry Awards 2020.

We are thrilled that our work for British Antarctic Survey at the Rothera Research Station, Antarctica scooped the top award.

Our award submission entitled "Expansion of Wastewater Treatment Plant Capacity at Rothera Research Station, Antarctica: Using Digital Design and Off-Site Delivery to De-Risk Projects in Remote Locations" was also competing in that category with our project "Delivering a Complete DfMA Works Upgrade at Ardsbeg Water Treatment Works in Co. Donegal".

The judges felt the Rothera project was the ultimate winner because of "the solution led approach taken to very specific criteria, delivered impressive and tangible results and has created a model for similar remote installation projects".

Shaun Stevens, EPS' UK General Manager says:

“The award is a deserved reflection of the achievements of the EPS project team and illustrates the power of collaboration with our client and technology partners. By bringing all stakeholders together, it was possible to deliver a right-first-time solution to one of the most remote places on earth. This project and our other nominations at the Water Industry Award demonstrate that EPS remains at the forefront of DfMA delivery in the UK and Irish water sectors.”

Ardsbeg was also shortlisted under the Water Innovation Project of the Year category, while the company itself was shortlisted for Contractor of the Year.

Another project we were heavily involved in - the delivery of the Coppermills WTW in London - was shortlisted under the Water Innovation Project of the Year category for our colleagues SMB.

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EPS Named as Finalist for 4 Water Industry Awards

Water Industry Awards Finalists 2020

EPS has been named as a finalist for 4 awards in the upcoming Water Industry Awards in Birmingham, UK in May.

The company is even competing with itself in the DfMA Project of the Year category.

Expansion of Wastewater Treatment Plant Capacity at Rothera Research Station, Antarctica: Using Digital Design and Off-Site Delivery to De-Risk Projects in Remote Locations and Ardsbeg Water Treatment Works, Co. Donegal, Ireland – Delivering a Complete DfMA Works Upgrade have been shortlisted in that category.

Ardsbeg is also shortlisted under the Water Innovation Project of the Year category, while the company itself has been shortlisted for Contractor of the Year.

Another project we were heavily involved in - the delivery of the Coppermills WTW in London - has been shortlisted under the Water Innovation Project of the Year category for our colleagues SMB.

Full list of finalists: https://waterindustryawards.co.uk/2020-finalists/

The awards take place on 20 May.

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EPS & Construction Safety Week, 2019 - Think Safe, Work Safe, Be Safe!

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As a key stakeholder and participant in the Irish/UK construction sector we are proud to be part of the CIF Construction Safety Week programme.

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This continues to be the EPS motto and message concerning everyone’s safety and well being and our collective and individual behaviour & culture towards ensuring everyone gets home safe everyday is paramount.

This week we all have an opportunity to reinforce that message and to reflect and take stock of our actions - or inaction - and raise everyone’s awareness levels on all aspects of our safety at work and at home.

During the week we will be focusing on a number of key topics through Director presentations, enhanced toolbox talks and awareness initiatives which, combined, will hopefully ensure that the maximum number of people across the business and within our supply chain are impacted in a positive way on safety and well being.

As a business and within the Health and Safety team we can only do so much to create the awareness but it really is up to each and everyone of us across the business to make a genuine effort this week in particular to ensure collectively we have an excellent week promoting and creating awareness around safety and well being.

I encourage each of you to take at least one point or item from the week and focus on changing one habit you have that will make your home and our workplace a safer place.  

We all have that one thing that we do or don’t do that if we did would make a difference. We all have something that we can make a conscious effort to change such as use of a mobile phone when driving , lack of focus or concentration at certain times or insufficient planning & preparation for tasks or that tendency to rush into things without thinking.

We are all human and are vulnerable to dropping our guard at times and this is why Construction Safety Week is important for the industry, as it gives us an opportunity to refocus, to reinforce our message and for all of us think safety again before we do anything that could put us or those around us at risk .

During the week we are focusing on the following topics as part of our programme of awareness :

  • WORKING AT HEIGHT
  • POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH
  • WORKING SAFELY NEAR UTILITIES
  • WORKING WITH DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES
  • WORKING SAFELY WITH VEHICLES 

We will be promoting various aspects throughout the week and encourage you to get involved and participate.

Safety is for all of us and not just a few and if anyone has any suggestions, improvements or observations throughout the week, or any other week for that matter, please let us know.

Our mental health and well being is also a key consideration for everyone this week as we collectively raise awareness about our mental well being .

Before we can protect others or benefit others we need to look after ourselves so let’s focus on that also this week in particular.

As a starter to the week, we suggest you watch the video on this link .

Thanks in advance,

Patrick

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EPS Plays Large Part in Bringing IRONMAN to Ireland

EPS Helps Bring IRONMAN to Youghal

As Youghal and East Cork gets ready to welcome over 2600 athletes, along with families, friends, supporters and spectators, for one of the world’s most prestigious sporting competitions, the International IRONMAN triathlon, EPS is proud to have played a large part in ensuring that this huge event goes off swimmingly.

Water standards are a vital component for IRONMAN, with the race getting underway in the clean waters of the golden, sandy Claycastle beach in Youghal Bay, early on Sunday morning with a 3.8km (2.4-mile) swim.

Over a 28 month period, Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council & EPS/Sorensen, developed the €12.5m Youghal Wastewater Treatment Plant on Breton Road, which was officially opened in September 2019, to ensure that the high quality of water standards required by IRONMAN would be met.

By providing the capacity to effectively treat wastewater from homes and businesses in the area, the plant has resulted in significant improvements in water quality and will facilitate the ongoing growth and development of the town. The investment in the new modern and sustainable wastewater treatment plant is part of an overall investment in Youghal’s wastewater infrastructure of approximately €26m. 

EPS will operate and maintain the wastewater facility for a period of 20 years on behalf of Irish Water. Cork County Council also anticipate that this facility will strongly support the return of Blue Flags into the future for Claycastle and Youghal.

Cork County Council, as main event sponsor, has also invested significantly in getting Youghal race ready. Recognising the immediate economic benefits and the potential legacy for East Cork, the Council has invested in road improvements and overhauled the beach at Claycastle.  

The launch of IRONMAN in Claycastle Beach

IRONMAN competitors working for Cork County Council, Irish Water and EPS will take part in the event on June 23rd and in wishing them well, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, deputising for the County Mayor commented, “This is huge event for Youghal, delivering a significant economic impact to East Cork with the potential to drive the entire region as a premier activity-based visitor destination in the country. We will welcome competitors from all over the world and expect an estimated €8 million economic boost to the local economy. The success of this event reflects the impact of long-term infrastructural investment by Cork County Council and Irish Water.”

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EPS Takes Top Engineering Prize at Energia Family Business Awards

EPS win the Manufacturing and Engineering Family Business of the Year Award

EPS was named the Manufacturing and Engineering Family Business of the Year at the inaugural Energia Family Business Awards at Dublin’s Mansion House on Friday last (May 24th, 2019). The company, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, also took the Silver award in the Fastest Growing Family Business category.

The awards celebrate the efforts of family run businesses in shaping the Irish business landscape and recognise businesses across the island of all shapes and sizes, with over 200 entries received for its inaugural year, and over 18 well deserving winners crowned at the ceremony.

Managing Director Patrick Buckley said winning the top award was a recognition that the company’s recent investment decisions were reaping rewards. “Our strategy during the downturn to invest in our Centre for Design and Manufacturing Excellence has proven to be a worthwhile and essential decision to ensure the future sustainability of the business. It’s a constant challenge for companies in the manufacturing, engineering and construction space to remain competitive”.

“With constant downward pressure on margins and an increasing number of competitors in our market, in addition to the imminent challenges of Brexit, having modern technology and facilities helps to future proof the business, secure jobs for our employees and keeps us in a position to add value for our customers”, says Patrick. “The award is a great acknowledgement and recognition for the entire team and their efforts in this regard. We’re particularly thrilled to have those efforts recognised at a national level. It’s also especially great timing for us to win an award focusing on the family element of the business as we mark our 50th Anniversary and our successful transition between generation 1 and generation 2”.

EPS was the most nominated company on the day – shortlisted for 6 awards in total – and up against stiff competition in all categories. “It’s wonderful to hear EPS Group being mentioned alongside such well-known brands as Dawn Meats, Flahavans, Height for Hire and Ballymaloe House. It was a great opportunity to meet other family business owners, hear their stories and share in their successes”, says Patrick.

Alan Mulcahy, Head of Sales at Energia, said, “The range of business sectors represented in the award submissions shows our economy is diverse and fit for the future. At Energia, we partner with businesses across the island of Ireland and are committed to the communities they serve. The volume and quality of the entries received augurs well for the future of the Family Business Awards as does the deserved recognition of innovative Irish businesses. Congratulations to all who entered and well done to the winners.”

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EPS Leads Unique Hydropower Project in Ireland & UK

Pump as Turbine - Blackstairs GWS

The community of Rathnure, County Wexford is to reap the financial rewards of a unique energy generation project. The pilot scheme which began late last year, has been trialled at the EPS operated Blackstairs Group Water Scheme (BGWS) and it’s estimated, will generate 49000 kWh/year, saving over €6,400. This money will be donated to the local community by BGWS and EPS, proving that energy optimisation delivers tangible results to benefit all.

Energy optimisation is a hot topic right now and this was definitely something which was applied to this group water scheme. EPS collaborated with Trinity College Dublin & Bangor University in the Dwr Uisce project, a hydropower energy recovery scheme, where a pump was installed into the usual GWS treatment process.

EPS’ Energy Manager & lead on the project, Benny McDonagh explains. “This project is the first of its kind to be commissioned in Ireland and the UK. As part of our ongoing efforts to use our expertise and resources to reduce our electrical load and carbon footprint, we introduced a pump to act as a turbine (PAT), recovering energy that otherwise would have been wasted. We hope that this successful project is adopted and is rolled out across the country. We have already identified suitable sites and look forward to delivering similar results and further reduce carbon emissions”.

Blackstairs Hydropower Demonstration Site Launch

“We have been operating group water schemes where we treat and provide safe drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people across Ireland since 1999, and specifically our GWS in Blackstairs since 2006”, says Barry O’Toole, Operations and Maintenance Director at EPS. “We are committed to the local communities where we live and work and it is wonderful to be able to give even more back to those who support us”.

Blackstairs Hydropower Demonstration Site Launch (PaT)

Pumps as Turbines (PaT) are an unconventional solution for hydropower generation adapted to fit in many scenarios where a conventional turbine unit would not be economically viable. The physical behaviour of PaTs is similar to Francis turbines, but without the possibility of flow regulation. Among the various applications of PaTs is that they have proven to be very effective if used for micro hydro off-grid plants and in-pipe energy recovery. The use of PaTs has shown several advantages over other turbine types, namely

  • mass manufacturing
  • compact dimensions
  • availability and short delivery time
  • easy installation, operation and maintenance
  • reduced investment cost
  • longer life span with respect to traditional turbines

​​​​​​​The project was officially launched at Rathnure Community Centre on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019.

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EPS Retains Gold Status at Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards

EPS Retains Gold Standard at Best Managed Companies Awards

EPS has been named a Deloitte Best Managed Company (BMC) for the 5th year in a row. The company, which is celebrating its 50th year in business, now employs over 500 people between Ireland, the UK and Jordan. EPS was found to have demonstrated superior business performance for the 5th year running, a feat that was recognised at a gala awards dinner in Dublin.

The company has placed an increased focus on recruitment in recent months, as well as encouraging secondary school students to study STEM subjects, so it was a powerful message that 9 women represented the company at the award ceremony.

“With International Women’s Day approaching, it was a timely reminder that careers in engineering and manufacturing businesses are not just for boys. We were proud to have women representing our marketing and communications department, operations, HR, industrial sales and our service department on the night", says EPS HR Manager Joanne Treacy.

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EPS has been part of the BMC programme for the past 5 years. After achieving the Gold Standard last year, the company had to undergo a requalification review process in order to ensure that it continues to uphold the Best Managed standard.

“As we continue to mark our 50th year in business, being acknowledged as a for the 5th consecutive year is a fantastic way to keep the positive momentum going”, says Managing Director Patrick Buckley.

Anya Cummins, Deloitte, agreed it was a huge achievement. “The Best Managed Companies process is a rigorous one, examining every facet of an organisation, and the bar is set high by our judging panel. As ever, the spread of companies, right around the country and across a number of industries, underlines the importance of Irish and Northern Irish companies to the economy and in the midst of economic uncertainty, technology disruption, an open competitive market and full employment, the continued strong performance of these businesses is admirable.  In the current environment, it is important for this contribution to be recognised, supported and showcased.”

The Best Managed Companies network this year has total revenues of almost €11 billion, export sales of almost €3 billion and total employment of approximately 44,000 people.

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EPS Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Anniversary Cake

EPS celebrated its milestone 50th Anniversary on Friday, December 14th, 2018.

Originally called Kanturk Electrical and Farm Services and starting out as a partnership between Gerald Buckley and John Joe Sheehan, the company, now known as EPS, has grown to a team of almost 500.

Over the past five decades, EPS has grown from a modest electrical and pumping services business into an innovative, internationally exporting product and service provider, now focused upon the water, wastewater and clean technology sectors.

Since 1968, the company has expanded its footprint both in Ireland and internationally. As well as 3 premises in Mallow, there are regional branches in Ballyhaunis; Mountrath & Naas, Newtownards; Alton; Thetford and Lichfield in the UK, as well as Amman, Jordan.

Managing Director Patrick Buckley says the entrepreneurial spirit shown by the original founders and partners who were in their early 20’s when the business began in 1968, remains with the company to this day. “As we prepared for the 50th Anniversary, it’s been fascinating to chart the company’s growth over the decades, identifying key decisions and strategies that propelled EPS to where it is today, from capitalising on the rural electrification scheme to developing branches outside Cork in the ‘70’s; a series of acquisitions in the ‘80’s; the roll out of the Government’s first National Development Plan in the ‘90’s; designing, building and operating wastewater treatment plants in the ‘00’s to investing in digital technologies most recently.

“Down through the decades, we’ve always believed in the power of collaboration, partnerships and our employees and those beliefs remain as relevant today, as the second generation looks ahead to the next half century”, says Patrick.

Hoisting the 50th Anniversary flag
Hoisting the 50th Anniversary flag - Friday, December 14th, 2018

While the extent of our reach may not be widely known, EPS products and services form part of everyday life in the 26 counties of Ireland. Through our local agent network, we sell pumps to the agricultural, commercial and domestic customers, while we are also assisting Irish Water in delivering and maintaining the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure, ensuring that Ireland has safe, clean, drinkable water and treating wastewater from towns, villages and factories before it reaches our rivers and streams.

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