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EPS goes Green ahead of 2018 National Awards

Green Awards 2018

EPS Group’s commitment to sustainability and environmental protection has been recognised ahead of this year’s Green Awards, which will be held in Dublin on Tuesday, February 20th. The company, which has its main office in Mallow, has been shortlisted for both the Green Construction and the Sustainable Water Achievement Awards.

Whether serving small rural communities or large conurbations, EPS Group is acutely aware of the company’s role in providing clean water to communities and treating wastewater to protect the environment.

The company’s Off-Site Construction (OSC) process secured the Green Construction shortlisting. Managing Director Patrick Buckley explains. “In recent years, EPS has adopted OSC as a core part of our business strategy. This has been done to improve efficiency, quality, safety and carbon footprint and to reduce costs and risk associated with construction works in our company. This required designing a plant layout to combine multiple products and disciplines in one package which can be fabricated, assembled and tested off-site and delivered on-site as a ‘plug and play’ solution”.

Meanwhile, the project shortlisted for the Sustainable Water Achievement Award came from the team themselves. Patrick notes, “During internal ISO:14001 audits, team members challenged themselves to come up with environmental improvement programmes. Our Drogheda, Dundalk and Ballymahon plant teams were aware of high potable water use and determined that some processes did not require water treated to this standard & therefore decided to reuse some of the final effluent water as process water where feasible”.

It all stems back to EPS’ commitment as a company to minimise the impact of its business activities on the environment.  Patrick says, “As we approach our 50th anniversary, our vision to be the most sustainable company in our industry endures and we encourage and enable sustainability through creating solutions which enable our customers to responsibly manage and conserve energy and water resources”.

EPS Group is no stranger to success at the Green Awards, having won in 2016 for the introduction of the revolutionary Nereda technology to the Irish market, and in 2012 in the Energy Efficiency category. The Green Awards take place in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin on Tuesday, February 20th.


EPS is one of Europe’s best in first ever ‘Ones to Watch’ list

EBA's Ones to Watch

EPS Group has been named as ‘One to Watch’ in Europe in a list of business excellence published by the European Business Awards sponsored by RSM.

EPS was chosen as it demonstrates exceptional achievement in one of the 12 European Business Awards’ categories and reflects the programme’s core values of innovation, success and ethics.

Managing Director of EPS Group, Patrick Buckley, says the company has an excellent history in the European Business Awards. “EPS is very proud of our previous success at the awards. We were a National Champion for Ireland in 2013/14 and received the EBA’s Ruben d’Honneur award in 2014 and again in 2015. As we approach our 50th year in business in 2018, we are delighted to be named on the “One to Watch” list, amongst a prestigious group of Irish companies”.

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, Europe’s largest cross-sector business competition, said: “We wanted to recognise more widely the many incredible business success stories from across Europe.”

He continued: “The talent, dedication and innovation at the heart of these companies creates jobs and opportunity, and is what drives their country’s prosperity. The ‘Ones to Watch’ lists will set a benchmark of success for the European business community.”

Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM, the sixth largest global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, and long-term sponsors of the Awards, said: “To be listed as a ‘Ones to Watch’ is a real accolade. At RSM, we work with companies across Europe and beyond, advising them on all areas of their business and we are passionate about encouraging success and prosperity. We wish these dynamic companies every success in the future.”

EPS will now have the chance to compete in one of the 12 categories of the European Business Awards to become a National Winner in their country. If successful, they will then take part in the grand final in May 2018, where the final 12 European winners will be announced. They will also have the chance to enter a public vote, which attracts attention and support from across the globe.


EPS awarded contract for upgrade to Castleblaney WWTP

Castleblayney Signing

EPS have been awarded the contract for a significant upgrade to Castleblayney Wastewater Treatment Plant in County Monaghan.

The existing Castleblayney WwTP was constructed in 1983. The plant is a conventional extended aeration type plant. An upgrade of the WwTP is now required in order to achieve compliance with the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive, the EPA Waste Water Discharge Licence (WWDL) for the plant and the relevant requirements of the Water Framework Directive.

Due to it’s age, much of the plant’s mechanical and electrical (M&E) infrastructure also requires upgrading.

This contract will involve the design, construction, testing and commissioning of:

  • Upgrades and modifications to the existing WwTP with a design PE for the upgrade works of between 7600PE to 14000PE depending on the element of the works and the condition of the existing infrastructure
  • Approximately 180m of new 900mm diameter sewer from the existing Muckno St. pumping station (PS) to the new inlet PS on the WwTP site
  • A new access road to the WwTP site, approximately 180m long from the R181 near the existing Muckno PS to the northern side of the WwTP site
  • Connection of 5 existing network PSs to the proposed WwTP SCADA system
  • The operation of the existing WwTP for the duration of an interim operation service period
  • The decommissioning of existing wastewater treatment infrastructure on the WwTP site, the existing Muckno PS and other combined sewers

The Operation Service of the contract provides for the operation and maintenance of the WwTP for 1 year after the issue of the Commissioning Certificate.

The project will take approximately 18 months to complete.

Castleblarney Signing

Pictured at the signing are Jim Palmer, Technical Director EPS and Mark Callanan, Irish Water

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A launch with a difference for EPS’ Centre of Excellence

Employee Day

Newmarket multi-instrumentalist Liam O’Connor stole the show when he took to a rather unconventional stage in EPS’ new €4.5million, 40,000 square foot Centre of Design and Manufacturing Excellence in Mallow on Saturday night.

Over 300 EPS employees based at the company’s offices in Ireland and the UK, shareholders and recent retired employees, attended an Employee Day at the Mallow campus which has recently expanded to include the state of the art design & manufacturing centre.

EPS Employee Day

Guests were brought on tours of the new facility; including virtual walkthroughs of large scale water treatment plants using augmented reality technology and shown presentations on EPS’ various divisions and operations before getting the chance to let their hair down.

“We’re a family business that has seen huge growth in recent years”, says Managing Director Patrick Buckley. “It’s terrific to see our new manufacturing centre, which is at the cutting edge of technological advancement and leading the way in off-site construction, in a completely different light”, says Patrick.

“As we mark 50 years in business next year, we thought that the launch of the centre of excellence would be a great opportunity to gather everyone together in our new facility to celebrate our success to date and to outline our vision for the future”.

The event also provided a welcome boost for the economy, with Mallow’s Hibernian Hotel booked out for the night and local suppliers being brought on board for catering, decoration & entertainment during the evening.

Those who attended were treated to a festival style atmosphere including an in-house bar; catered food including a pig on a spit & entertainment courtesy of Liam O’Connor, his dancing partner & musicians and partied until late with C103 DJ Colum McGrath on the decks.



EPS confronting Brexit challenges and developing export offering

Brexit UK IReland

The threats arising from Brexit and the opportunities in global export came into sharp focus at the recent International Markets Week held in the RDS in Dublin and hosted by Enterprise Ireland. As a long-established client company of Enterprise Ireland, EPS were pleased to attend and support the event.

Eps Brexit

In her keynote address to the business leaders in attendance, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald repeated the Irish government’s commitment to respond strongly to the effects of Brexit, by supporting companies with their planning and contingency measures, by safeguarding inward and outward investment and by promoting Irish exports globally. Launching the “Irish Advantage” global export initiative, Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon re-iterated the value of Ireland’s special trading relationship with the UK but also encouraged exporters to diversify into other markets to spread risk and grow.

With an established and rapidly expanded UK business, EPS is actively assessing the potential risks of Brexit and is formulating contingency plans to manage any impacts that may arise, especially in the areas of logistics, tariffs and currency. Thanks in part to the workshops and consultations on offer at International Markets Week and the Enterprise Ireland “Brexit Scorecard” tool, EPS will continue this mitigation process in an informed and structured manner to ensure that competitiveness is maintained and enhanced for our UK client base.

The event also enabled EPS to consult freely with EI Market Advisors based in our existing and prospective export markets, and to network with like-mind Irish exporters facing similar challenges and opportunities.

“Events like this are incredibly valuable to EPS and our fellow exporters,” says Shaun Stevens. “The strategic and practical support offered by Enterprise Ireland, combined with the local intelligence and advice of their Market Advisors, provides us with a clear competitive advantage as we strive to enter new export markets. It ensures that we’re able to assess and understand new territories before entering and to tailor our offering and messaging to suit specific market needs and drivers. The value of this is evidenced in the recent export successes of EPS in the Middle East, West Africa and North America. We have also come away with greater confidence in our on-going management of the Brexit process.”

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EPS embarks on joint venture in Ardee

In a joint venture, EPS and Wills Bros. Ltd have been appointed to design, build and operate the Ardee Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant will cater for 10000 PE preliminary treatment & 8000 PE secondary treatment and the Irish Street Wastewater Pumping Station.

The venture will also include designing and building sewer network upgrades. Design and build will take approx. 18 months to complete. The main aim of the scheme is to provide immediate and long term improvement and expansion of the existing plant to cater for waste water generated by the town and surrounding area.

Ardee signing

Pictured at the signing were:

Front: Jim Palmer, EPS; John Joyce, Irish Water; Charlie Wills, Wills Bros Ltd; Aidan McCaul, Wills Bros Ltd

Back: Joseph Towey, Wills Bros Ltd; Denis Buckley, EPS; Trevor Wills, Wills Bros Ltd



EPS retains its status as one of Ireland's best managed companies

EPS has been named as one of Ireland’s ‘Best Managed’ companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme. The company, which demonstrated superior business performance for the third year running, was recognised at an awards gala dinner in Dublin on 3 March 2017.

Deloitte Awards 2017

The awards event in Dublin’s Convention Centre marked the ninth year of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies awards programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland. The awards were attended by over 900 people from the Irish business community.

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, recognises indigenous Irish companies across Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance. The network of 127 Best Managed Companies now employs over 60,000 people around the country and has a combined turnover of almost €11bn. Recognising the importance of overseas markets for Irish companies, the Best Managed Companies also recorded an average growth in sales of 44% over the last three years.

Commenting on the award, Patrick Buckley, Managing Director at EPS said: “We are delighted to be recognised as one of Ireland’s best managed companies for the third year running. The programme has been really beneficial to us as it provided a great opportunity to reflect on our journey. Retaining our “Best Managed Company” status for three years running is a testament to the hard work of the entire EPS team who have helped build the business over the last 48 years.”

Sixteen companies from around Ireland were awarded “Best Managed” status for the first time this year, following a detailed qualification and judging process. This took into consideration the complete performance of the business, looking beyond the finances at criteria such as operational excellence, strategy and human resource processes.


Minister McHugh turns sod on new Ardsbeg water treatment plant

new Ardsbeg water treatment plant

EPS welcomed Irish Water and Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development Aid, Joe McHugh TD to ‘turn the sod’ to mark at the official start of construction works at the new Ardsbeg water treatment plant yesterday. 

Turining the sod

EPS was recently awarded the contract for the design, build and operation of a new water treatment plant for Gortahork and Falcarragh in North Donegal.  This contract involves the construction of a new water treatment plant immediately adjacent to the existing facility. The new treatment plant will comprise a robust flocculation, coagulation and filtration process followed by disinfection. The plant will have a design output of 1,800m3/day.

Speaking at the launch, Minister McHugh said: "We cannot take for granted the importance of a safe and secure supply of water which this investment by Irish Water will provide for the people of North West Donegal. As well as being beneficial for current consumers, this new treatment plant will greatly benefit the future economic and population development of the area."

EPS is looking forward to working in partnership with Donegal county council and Irish Water on the project which has an expected completion date of late 2017.



EPS signs €3.8m contract for Water supply Scheme in North Donegal

New water treatment plant for Gortahork and Falcarragh in North Donegal

EPS recently signed a contract worth € 3.8M with Irish Water for the design, build and operation of a new water treatment plant for Gortahork and Falcarragh in North Donegal.

This contract involves the construction of a new water treatment plant immediately adjacent to the existing facility. The new treatment plant will comprise a robust flocculation, coagulation and filtration process followed by disinfection. The plant will have a design output of 1,800m3/day.

The contract also includes a treated water storage reservoir at the treatment plant site, which will provide a much-improved security of supply for the local residents. EPS has commenced works and has an expected completion date of late 2017.

EPS is looking forward to working in partnership with Donegal county council and Irish Water on the project.  When completed and tested this water supply will have the necessary treatment facilities in place to enable the scheme to be removed from the EPA’s RAL and will ensure that the 5,000 consumers in the Gortahork/Falcarragh areas receive a reliable supply of high quality drinking water into the future.

This current project is in addition to ongoing projects being developed by EPS including St. Johnston wastewater treatment plant in County Donegal in support of Irish Water’s overall near €73M investment in the county.