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Murphy opens £160 million Belfast Sewers Project

19 May, 2010 - by Westminster

Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy today officially opened a major stormwater pumping station at Duncrue Street in Belfast, marking the completion of NI Water’s £160million Belfast Sewers Project.

Launched in 2006, the important project is one of the biggest infrastructure schemes to be completed in the north and will bring major benefits to Belfast including a cleaner environment and reduction in flooding.

The project, which included the construction of one of the largest stormwater pumping stations in Ireland, will also greatly reduce the risk of pollution to the River Lagan. 

Speaking at the official opening of the new facility, the Minister said: “The completion of the Belfast Sewers Project is good news for everyone in the city and represents an important milestone in its history. By reducing the risk of out-of-sewer flooding and pollution of our local rivers, the project will help accommodate our expanding city and its needs well into the 21st Century.”

“This project underlines our commitment to support growth and development across the region by improving vital infrastructure and highlights the importance of continuing to invest in our water and sewerage infrastructure.”

The Belfast Sewers Project employed more than 300 personnel during construction work which included a tunnel network running at depths of up to 30 metres. The largest section spans four metres in diameter and stretches from Cromac Street to the pumping station at Duncrue Street.

NI Water Chief Executive, Laurence Mackenzie said: “This is a landmark achievement for NI Water, an achievement we wish to share with the traders, businesses and local community who worked in partnership with us throughout this project. 

“Today’s success is the result of years of careful planning and the dedication of a skilled team working in tough conditions with cutting-edge technology.   We are proud to now have a system that is recognised to be amongst the best in Europe.”

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