British utility ponders another bid for Welsh Water, sewage business

Nov. 23, 2000
United Utilities boss John Roberts is weighing up plans to run Welsh Water, only a month after his bid to operate the pipes and other assets of the water and sewage business was quashed in the High Court, writes Matthew Fletcher.

Nov 22, 2000 (Knight Ridder/Tribune)—United Utilities boss John Roberts is weighing up plans to run Welsh Water, only a month after his bid to operate the pipes and other assets of the water and sewage business was quashed in the High Court, writes Matthew Fletcher.

The Court ruled that the Warrington-based multi-utility could not be awarded an operations and maintenance deal because the contract had not been put out to tender.

Roberts hoped to win the work from Western Power Distribution after the US group's UKpound 2.4 billion takeover of the South West electricity supply arm and water assets of Welsh utility Hyder.

Earlier this month, WPD agreed to sell Welsh Water to a not-for-profit organisation, Glas Cymru, which would contract out the running of the water supply and waste services business.

Roberts is understood to be considering a bid for the contract.

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