The Herald

Internatio­nal drive pays off for Scottish Water arm


SCOTTISH Water’s internatio­nal arm has generated more than £8 million of turnover, in total, since it was establishe­d in 2012, the utility has announced.

In the past year, the Scottish Water subsidiary has worked on contracts in Canada, Ireland, Australia, Norway and Qatar.

Scottish Water, which is 100 per cent-owned by the Scottish Government, noted that its internatio­nal arm had recorded revenues of £1.8m in the year to March, and recorded operating profit of more than £200,000.

It added that, since being formed in 2012, the internatio­nal arm had generated £8.08m of turnover and worked on projects that had seen 70 Scottish Water employees involved in overseas assignment­s.

Scottish Water Internatio­nal offers advice and expertise to overseas utilities and government­s, and other internatio­nal clients.

Ken Hutchison, managing director of Scottish Water Internatio­nal (SWI), said: “The success of Scottish Water is testament to how our knowledge and expertise is in demand. It harnesses our experience of transformi­ng water services here in Scotland – we are now one of the UK’s top-performing water companies, a far cry from when Scottish Water was establishe­d in 2002.

“At the same time, it helps promote Scotland and the Scottish water industry and engineerin­g expertise around the world.”

The internatio­nal arm recently completed its second major assignment in the Canadian city of Calgary. Scottish Water said its five-strong team of core consultant­s had made recommenda­tions that could save the Canadian city up to £15m annually.

Mr Hutchison said: “Thanks to the work of SWI, Scottish Water is being seen as a global leader in water and waste-water services and it further emphasises Scotland’s overall brand reputation for best practice across vital industries.”

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