Local MSP gets ‘behind the scenes’ preview of the new Loch Ness Water Treatment Works

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes has been given a preview of a state of the art new Water Treatment Works (WTW) before it is transported to the banks of Loch Ness, where it will serve Scottish Water customers for years to come.

Kate Forbes MSP talking to some of RSE’s current apprentices about their work on the apprenticeship programme

The new WTW has been manufactured at our specialised facility in Muir of Ord, using an award-winning approach developed via a partnership with Scottish Water. The innovative approach enables sophisticated modern water treatment equipment to be assembled and pre-commissioned in factory conditions, before being broken down into large modules and transported for reassembly and final commissioning at their long term home.

Commenting after touring the new WTW, Kate Forbes MSP said:

“It’s fantastic to see some of the cutting edge work that is taking place here in the Highlands through Scottish Water’s partnership with Ross-shire Engineering.

“Precision engineering is being carried out by a highly skilled team in Muir of Ord to deliver a vital service to communities in the Great Glen. In the process, the work is making a valuable long-term contribution to both local economies.

“The benefits are not just local, with Highland expertise already being put to use across much of the country, from Shetland to Stirling. There are exciting opportunities to continue building on this success, both within Scotland and beyond.”

Kate Forbes MSP touring the new Water Treatment Works within RSE’s modular build facility at Muir of Ord

Ross-shire Engineering (RSE) Managing Director Allan Dallas added:

“This project for the Great Glen is another example of our innovative approach to water treatment and the environmental and economic benefits that it can deliver.

“Our work with Scottish Water provides Ross-shire Engineering with a strong and sustainable base, with the opportunity to grow our business.  Our workforce of almost 750 is now spread across facilities in Cumbernauld, Dalgety Bay, Leeds and Southern England, all linked back to our head office and manufacturing facility in the Highlands where 340 members of our team are based.

“A crucial component of our plans for the future is our developing team.  Our RSE apprenticeship scheme is supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland, with 48 apprentices currently in place, ranging in age from 17 to 33 – and covering Mechanical Fitting, Electrical Installation, Fabrication/Welding, Machining and Pipefitting.  We continue to seek to expand our apprentice workforce and offer new opportunities within the local community.  We also have 35 people on our graduate scheme, including graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands, and 4 trainees.”

Kate Forbes MSP with RSE Managing Director Allan Dallas and Scottish Water Director of Capital Investment Mark Dickson at the entrance to the new WTW

In the coming weeks the Water Treatment Works will be disassembled into 16 transportable modules which will then make the journey via road to their long term home just south of Invermoriston, where civil engineering work has been underway in preparation.

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