SCOTTISH Water launched their £25 million Loch Ryan project this week at a reception at the North West Castle Hotel, Stranraer.
The project team were on hand to answer questions from local stakeholders and plans and schematics were on view and representatives from the main contractor, Leslie MWH were also on hand.
The construction company will be working in a variety of locations during the project. Currently they are concentrating on a pumping station at Port Rodie but work is due to start soon on the new treatment facility near Smithy Hill.
Work is also taking place to determine the best route for the underground pipework that will be used to move waste water to the new treatment plant and then transfer the treated effluent to the north channel of the Irish Sea.
Stephen Hepburn. Construction Manager, Scottish Water said: “This is great news for the area. After years of studies and surveys to assess the best option for an extremely difficult civil engineering challenge, Scottish Water is removing the permanent discharge of waste water to Loch Ryan.
“The construction work will have a minimal effect on local residents and businesses. We will continue to extensively consult local people and groups in the region. This consultation ensures our project progresses in harmony with the various community interests in and around Stranraer.
“The project will see the demolition of the existing waste water treatment works at Port Rodie and the retirement of the three WWTWs at Cairnryan, Leswalt and Kirkcolm.”
The overall construction and commissioning period is likely to be no more than 21 months.