Ham Baker Group Ltd a company controlled by Birmingham-based Intrinsic Equity, has acquired Industrial Valves Ltd, Industrial Penstocks Ltd, Industrial Pipeline Solutions Ltd, IVL Flow Control Ltd and FJ Estates Ltd, together with the trade and assets of the Flow Division of Ham Baker Adams Ltd. The purchase has been funded with £5m of capital from investment house Intrinsic Equity in partnership with Alycidon Capital, and working capital funding from Leumi ABL and Ratesetter.
The Ham Baker Group operates as an independent specialist manufacturer and distributor of flow control products into the UK, Middle East, Far East and other export markets. The group offers customers engineered solutions for bespoke applications across the water, water waste and process sectors. In 2016 the Group achieved sales of over £30m.
Recent projects undertaken by the business include the installation of penstocks for Thames Water as well as orders for precision-engineered penstocks for the prestigious Dukhan Highway East project in Qatar and the STEP project in Abu Dhabi.
The board of the newly formed Group will be joined by Rod Tompsett, as Executive Chairman, James Grenfell and Toby Arrowsmith from Intrinsic Equity.
The business has a strong track record of profitable financial performance but has been impacted in 2016 by a large contract in the process division which exposed the Group to onerous working capital and contractual commitments.
The Ham Baker Group's competitive advantages are centred upon its design capabilities, the quality of products and its knowledge, reputation and ability to supply customers with precision-engineered solutions for water and waste water projects both in the UK and worldwide.
James Grenfell, Principal at Intrinsic Equity commented: "The Ham Baker Group is a fantastic business that will benefit from this new investment and strategic leadership. The core business has always been profitable and provides a great platform for us to focus on Ham Baker's core technical solutions and product portfolio for the water industry."
Andrew Williams, CEO of the Ham Baker Group commented: "I look forward to working with Rod, James and their teams, and the additional financial firepower and strategic support they will bring to the business. We are a customer-centric business and intend to keep this focus."
Bournemouth Water has redesigned much of its network to use intelligent network calming and pressure management valves produced by IVL Flow Control to reduce leakage.
Initially, 13 of the company's District Metering Areas (DMAs) were set up, with a further 50 DMAs covered by October 2016, significantly reducing leakage.
This successful project uses IVL Flow Control's 2-way and 3-way pressure management valves and HWM Radcom Pegasus controllers. Bournemouth Water used fully calibrated network models to forecast the benefits and to set targets which have been realised.
Paul Johnstone, Network Modelling Performance Manager at South West Water, commented: "Capital investment in this project, using IVL Flow Control valves, has resulted in huge benefits, achieving reductions in leak and burst frequencies and creating a more efficient and intelligent network".
Craig Stanners, Director of IVL Flow Control, added: "Bournemouth Water has been very forward-thinking in its decision to introduce state-of-the art pressure management, which sets a very good example for the industry". The network supplying over half of the population served by Bournemouth Water is now covered by the new pressure management regime.
Ham Baker's Spares Maintenance & Service division has unveiled a new low-power, low carbon footprint Centre Drive System for rotating distributors.
Achieving greatly reduced running costs due to its small motor, the innovative lightweight design of the Ham Baker Centre Drive System is easy to install and significantly improves manual handling.
Suitable for continuous operation of new or existing distributors of any make, the new System's large drive ring provides more torque for control rotation, whist its variable speed also gives enhanced process control and a variable wetting rate. In addition, the flushing rate successfully reduces biomass, improves oxygen transfer and suppresses flies. For enhanced flexibility of flushing time, and to maximise the biological process of the distributor, the rotation speed can be altered by a variable timer.
With no hydraulic parts, this new Centre Drive System is much easier to maintain that conventional units. The durable design with reduced side loads produces a prolonged asset life, with Ham Baker able to provide full technical support and maintenance.
Flow control specialist Ham Baker, manufacturer of penstocks for over a century, has unveiled a new range of Solar-Powered Penstocks, which can be easily retrofitted to existing manually-operated systems for the control of liquid flow.
This innovative new Ham Baker penstock is designed with a self-cleaning solar panel for maximum capture, offering a life cycle of 25 years, with a minimum of 10-years life for the panel's almost maintenance-free batteries.
As well as reduced energy bills, the Ham Baker Solar Powered Penstock offers short payback times depending on size.
Designed with state-of-the-art software, manufactured and rigorously tested at its own UK manufacturing plant, Ham Baker's proven penstocks are available in traditional cast iron, all grades of stainless steel (including Duplex), aluminium or plastics, to suit the application.
Ham Baker can also provide solar powering for the actuation systems used on its flow products such as rotary electric , linear (hydraulic/pneumatic).
This article originally appeared on www.processindustrymatch.com
Industrial Penstocks has successfully retained its approved supplier status with Ashghal in Qatar - and with it won an important new order for six precision-engineered penstocks for the prestigious Dukhan Highway East project.
Following a lengthy approval process by Ashghal, the Public Works Authority responsible for the planning, design, procurement, construction, delivery and asset management of all infrastructure projects and public buildings in Qatar, Industrial Penstocks says its latest order underlines the demand for its quality, long-lasting solutions.
Paul Higginson, Director at Industrial Penstocks, said:
"Working closely alongside our agents Intermodal Services CO. W.L.L, who bring a wealth of contractual expertise to our work in Qatar and the Middle East, our continued Ashghal approval and new penstock order has had to meet unmatched worldwide standards".
For the Dukhan Highway, one of the two major routes being widened in the Qatari capital, Doha, the new wall-mounted penstocks (from 400mm by 400mm up to 2400mm by 2400mm) are all made to BS7775, with stainless steel 316L frames and doors benefitting from EPDM-resilient seals.
This article originally appeared on www.waterbriefing.org
At the forthcoming Global Leakage Summit in London (September 26-28), IVL Flow Control will be making a key address about the TOTEX (total capital and operating cost)savings that can be made by harmonizing and calming networks - focusing in on the big question being asked during the three-day event as to whether water companies are complacent?
Global Leakage will look closely at how leakage is down to target levels, but now flat-lining for several years because ELLs (Economic Levels of Leakage) have been achieved, which has actually slowed down or stopped important work on network optimisation.
IVL Flow Control (part of Ham Baker Group) will discuss how critical Demand Control Valve Theory is to reducing the total cost in water production and burst frequencies - and how the wrong type of air valves can be the cause of unhealthy surges within a water utility's trunk main system.
Citing a major breakthrough with a forward-thinking UK water company in the UK that is already making massive savings during AMP6 (Asset Management Plan 2015-2020), IVL Technical Director Martyn Redman will explain the true savings of pressure management and how the frequency of bursts have been significantly reduced with a true TOTEX approach - enabling this Utility the basis to provide a higher level approach on spend to save on its pressure management program to achieve future funding for additional advanced pressure management projects.
Together with one of its international trading partners, IVL Flow Control will be also be unveiling new technology that provides constant power solutions utilizing either direct flow through the main - or the pressure differential across the IVL Demand Control Valve. This new technology greatly reduces the need for batteries and strengthens a Utility's ability to monitor its networks in real time, instead of once per day via 15-minute logging intervals.
As well as speakers from the UK, Global Leakage includes leading water company practitioners from the USA, Portugal, Egypt and China.
This article originally appeared on www.wateronline.com
With Ham Baker Group (turnover £35M) now exporting extensively to the Middle East, the Far East, the US, Australia and South Africa, Julian will look to further strengthen sales from an increasingly growing flow-control portfolio that includes penstocks, process equipment, valves and flood control.
Previously in leading national sales roles with Hidrostal, Jacopa and Mapal Green Energy, Julian was also Business Manager for three and a half years at Grundfos Management A/S.
This latest appointment follows Ham Baker's expansion of its Pumps & Renewables Division with two new Area Sales Managers, plus two new Group Business Development Directors.
This article originally appeared on www.processindustryinformer.com
Ham Baker and Unitspark have completed the intricate installation of a penstock at a pumping station in South London in which a severely restricted access issue had to be overcome with an innovative, cost-effective engineering solution.
Part of Thames Water's ongoing programme to replace ageing assets before the end of their forecast life, a 1.2m by 1.2m penstock was required at Wandle Pumping Station but with this size too large for the 9m deep shaft and pipe, installation of a standard penstock would have caused significant delays and costly disruption.
Thames Water called upon two companies with vast experience of penstocks and specialist works to bring about the manufacture and installation of a new unit that would overcome the sizeable access challenge.
Based on a highly detailed concept from bespoke engineering specialists Unitspark, Ham Baker (who have been making penstocks since 1886), set about designing what became known as the 'jigsaw' penstock, crafted in segments.
"We have penstocks installed all over the world, but this one required a very different way of thinking", said Paul Higginson, Director at Ham Baker Group.
"Designing a two-leaf segmented penstock (to extremely fine tolerances) that would have to be lowered down and traverse up a pipe for a very precise installation certainly called upon all our experience. Together with Unitspark, we very much wanted to provide a long term solution for Thames Water, producing a high quality penstock made from stainless steel, including every single component part, with exacting attention to detail".
Following manufacture by Ham Baker, Unitspark set about planning the quickest and most effective way to carry out the installation of the 'jigsaw' penstock with only minimum disruption. The discovery of live assets and a 3m thick block of concrete (that hadn't shown in the former sewage treatment works' plans) made the task even more challenging.
Rob Horne, Director at Unitspark, commented: "Working closely with Thames Water and Ham Baker, our highly skilled team went to great lengths to overcome the access issues. We are used to wet and difficult environments and this was no exception - also having to deal with high levels of hydrogen sulphide. Lifting, rotating and positioning the jigsaw penstock down the 9m shaft required the utmost skill and precision, before which, our engineers had to first build a fabrication bench to later assemble the penstock and its 30 component parts".
Brett Willis, Project Engineer from Thames Water added: "Ham Baker and Unitspark successfully made this a specialist mechanical job, rather than a very costly and disruptive civil engineering project. The installation has been completed in just one week, with no need for major civils, new shafts or cofferdams. The benefits in savings are substantial. Working close to a river and major strategic discharge mains drastically reduced the risk to the environment and the catchment. It is a credit to all concerned that this exercise in serious asset management was completed in such a professional manner".
This article originally appeared on www.wateronline.com
Bob Dimmock, who has been with Ham Baker for the past nine years, switches over from his previous sales role in penstocks, screens, scraper bridges, valves and pipes, while Tobin Gardner joins the company after five years at Hidrostal where he managed the framework agreement for United Utilities.
"Although we are one of the newer Ham Baker divisions, we've already reached a point where we needed to add experienced personnel to our team," said Ian Goddard, group business development director for Ham Baker Group, who heads up Pumps and Renewables. "We are busy on both fronts, with an encouraging amount of good quality leads for hydro, as well as pumps solutions for the quality manufacturers we represent such as Landia (for their GasMix AD digester mixing system) SPP and Netzsch".
As well as Ham Baker, Bob Dimmock has also worked for Baylis Automotive, while Tobin Gardner was previously with Taylor & Goodman, which specializes in electro-mechanical repairs.
Ham Baker's Pumps and Renewables portfolio includes a highly innovative pump-as-turbine (PaT) solution, which provides micro-hydro technology at one-third to one-half the cost of some traditional systems, offering major reductions in maintenance time and spares. Ham Baker also offers a screw generator system made with a low-cost reinforced plastic screw for existing outfalls (1 m to 4 m head) with flow rates of up to 900 liters per second and the potential to generate up to 30 kW.
Ham Baker provides complete design of pumping systems, as well as supplying new pumps and ancillary equipment. This is complemented by extensive technical support and after sales service packages.
This article originally appeared on www.pumpsandsystems.com
During a key conference session at UK AD Biogas, Ham Baker's Business Development Director, Ian Goddard won support from an industry panel about the need for water companies to embrace innovation for the opening up of the sewage sludge market - and for stating that existing frameworks should not act as a barrier to new technology.
'What challenges and opportunities does the de-regulation of the water sector hold for AD?', which was chaired by Dr Piers Clark from the Isle Group, saw presentations from Alison Fergusson, Principal Engineer of Ofwat's Water 2020 programme, Richard Laikin, UK Water Sector Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Steve Bungay from CIWEM.
For Ofwat, Alison Fergusson said that despite the short time frame for 2020, the challenge is very much to drive efficiency and how this might be achieved through new technologies, neighbouring, cross-water company treatment sites or through co-operation with local commercial waste companies. On behalf of CIWEM, Steve Bungay emphasised the need to protect farmer's fields and also to simply and consolidate legislation.
Richard Laikin (PwC) said that it was time for the industry to move forward with a better business model, whereby sludge is dealt with in terms of Value Maximisation, rather than Cost-Minimization. He stated that the opportunities to generate revenue are high up the agenda, and agreed with Ian Goddard's (Ham Baker) comments during a lively Q&A that the status quo isn't going to be the winning strategy for the future. Laikin said that Ofwat's regulatory changes will encourage innovation, commenting that there is likely to be a ramping up of technologies for the new markets that will be available to water companies.
"It was a very timely and encouraging conference session put together by ADBA (Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association)," said Ian Goddard.
"Landia's GasMix (Twice Highly Commended at UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards), which is easy to retrofit, is at the forefront of improving gas yields - a system we don't make but have in our Renewables portfolio because we believe in it so much".
He added: "It is therefore heartening to think that the water companies can be less risk adverse - embracing such a low maintenance yet highly effective technology that allows them to greatly improve revenue".
This article originally appeared on www.wateronline.com
Ham Baker Director Paul Higginson led an 11-strong company team on a 58-mile bike ride to raise funds for Parkinsons UK.
The Pedal for Parkinson's event, which was held in Stratford-upon-Avon, presented quite a challenge to the Ham Baker team of regular and not so regular cyclists, with some commenting on how they'd enjoyed a nice 'warm-up', whilst others successfully drained the feed-stations of all their supplies along the picturesque route.
"This was a great day out to get some exercise and do some team-building", said Paul Higginson, "but far more importantly, to raise money for Parkinson's, which affects nearly one in every five hundred people. There is still no cure, but there are some treatments that now help manage some of the symptoms".
He added: "Thank you to everyone who has supported us. I'm proud to work with such a great group of colleagues who were prepared to give up their time and get on their bike to support such a good cause".
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-higginson8
Flow and pressure control is one of the biggest challenges in operating a water distribution system. Inadequate pressure means substandard service and possibly compromised firefighting capability. Excessive pressure, on the other hand, can accelerate leakage and cause pipe bursts.
The key to an efficient distribution system is balancing flow and pressure throughout the system. IVL Flow Control, a unit of Ham Baker Adams Group, offers an innovative approach based on strategic deployment of hydraulic control valves and air valves.
The company helps utilities create autonomous smart networks that provide a reliable water supply and high-quality customer service at minimal cost. Such a system does not require telemetry control, although linking to telemetry can enable more advanced network control. The flow and pressure management solution can be combined with active leak detection to help reduce water losses. Craig Stanners, IVL Flow Control director, talked about the offering in an interview with Treatment Plant Operator.
TPO: What is the basic concept behind IVL Flow Control?
Stanners: We understand water networks and how they are designed, from the source to the end user and everything in between. We work from knowledge of the network's hydraulics to develop a system of smart valves that can be set up to work on their own, or can be adapted to work with modern-day communications.
TPO:What experience does your company have in deploying this solution?
Stanners: We've worked with water companies in the U.K., including that country's oldest, Thames Water. We've also worked elsewhere in Europe with smaller municipalities. We have helped African countries that are implementing new water systems or connecting villages that have never had water service. And we have worked on larger systems in the Middle East such as Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi that are planning very fast infrastructure changes.
TPO: In the largest sense, what does your solution do for water utilities?
Stanners: Basically, it deals with pressure management, leak reduction and transient issues like water hammer. If, for example, the system includes aging pipes nearing end of life, our solution will provide longevity by eliminating sharp bursts of pressure in the system. It creates a smooth flow all the way from the treatment works or reservoir to the end client. By balancing the system we can also reduce the electrical cost to operate it.
TPO: Please describe the equipment you deploy in the field to implement this solution.
Stanners: We deploy a range of hydraulic control valves, including demand control valves as well as pressure-reducing valves, altitude valves, and in general all the types of valves commonly used in water systems. The advantage of our valves is that they operate from zero flow. That means the valves don't become unstable when the pressure drops to a bare minimum. We also have an extensive range of air valves that are built to deal with transient issues, such as rapid pressure surges. So if a utility needs to charge a main very quickly, these valves will allow that to happen without causing bursts in the system.
TPO: What is unique about the valves you deploy?
Stanners: Our control valves are pilot-driven valves. As water pulses through the valve, there is fine control by way of the seat coming from the top cover down to the bottom sealing surface. Our valves provide a positive seating closure, which provides the ultimate flow control. They also have a large belly that allows very high volumes to flow through. The openings range from as small as 1 inch up to 52 inches. The valves are manufactured of ductile iron graded to at least 25 bar pressure. They have stainless steel internal and external components. The sealing parts of the valve are EPDM rubber.
TPO: How are all these valves controlled, connected, monitored, operated?
Stanners: We try to establish an autonomous system, where the valves automatically notice and adjust to changes in pressure in the system. Demand control valves are intelligent valves that use the pipeline network itself as the medium to transfer information. Each valve senses whether water is available upstream and whether water is required downstream. If both conditions are met, the valve will operate and deliver water. It's purely a hydraulic transfer. But if a client wants the capability to override and force those valves to do different things at different times of day or night depending on what is happening at given points in the network, we have adaptions that allow for PLC, telemetry and SCADA-driven control technology.
TPO: What is the first step in deploying this solution?
Stanners: We start by asking the water company what they want to achieve in the problematic areas of their network — and every utility has such areas. What are they experiencing? Are they having high burst rates because they're modulating or because of the way the system is being run? We find out about the historical problems in the network and gather general information: What are the pipe materials? How old are the pipes? What are the flows and pressures? If need be, we can send in a team to conduct a full system survey.
TPO: Once basic data is in hand, what is the next step?
Stanners: We construct a hydraulic design model that enables us to predict what savings the client can expect if we deploy our system within their network. They can then decide whether to make an investment to achieve the savings that would continue for 30 years or more.
TPO: These significant savings can be achieved solely with valve technology and without extensive computerization?
Stanners: We tend to think that innovation is software, but software is only as good as the network itself. If a water network is failing because of its design and the materials in it, the best software in the world won't be able to help that system. You'll still have leaks, you'll still have bursts and you'll still have low-pressure and high-pressure situations. If you have a perfect network, yes, that can benefit from software. At the end of the day, what you need is accurate control of the water that's passing through the system.
This article originally appeared on www.tpomag.com
Water, wastewater and process specialist Ham Baker Group has been shortlisted in three categories for the inaugural UK Export Excellence Awards
Organised by GTR, the world's leading news source, publisher and event organiser for the global trade, commodity, export and supply chain finance industries, Ham Baker's coveted nominations in three of the nine awards categories are for:
Ham Baker Group Managing Director, Andrew Williams, commented: "To be shortlisted in not just one, but three categories is a fitting tribute to our personnel across the world who believe in delivering top quality, precision-engineered solutions for our customers".
He added: "We are very pleased to feature in the UK Export Excellence Awards, which show that there is still a strong appetite across the world for high quality solutions made in the United Kingdom. We still have plenty of great engineering expertise that as a nation we should be very proud of".
Ham Baker Group is currently active in the Middle East, Hong Kong, USA and India, as well as throughout the UK and Ireland - where it delivers a comprehensive range of flow control solutions, including screens, scrapers, valves, pumps and flood defence systems.
One of only two companies to be nominated for three awards, the winners will be revealed on June 15th at a ceremony and gala dinner in Liverpool.
Ham Baker Group, which continues to expand as a total solutions provider for process and flow control, has made three key appointments
Nigel Gascoyne and Brendan O'Dowd have both been recruited as new Business Development Directors, seeking out opportunities for Ham Baker's complete offering of innovative water and wastewater products, including valves, pipelines, screening equipment and scraper bridges.
Gascoyne has previous experience with GPS PE Pipe Systems and FW Talbot, as well as gaining valuable hands-on skills and knowledge as a Maintenance Engineer for Thames Water.
Brendan O'Dowd, who prior to Ham Baker was Field Sales Manager for a large team at Wavin, Ireland, has also worked for Liebig Bolts as General Sales Manager. In addition, both Gascoyne and O'Dowd have been employed in key roles at valve manufacturer AVK.
As well as new recruitment, Ham Baker is also promoting from within as Carl Baker steps up after four years with the company as sales engineer to become Midlands Area Sales Manager.
Paul Higginson, Director at Ham Baker Group, commented: "There are real, structured opportunities to progress at Ham Baker as the company continues to win frameworks in the UK, plus overseas contracts, especially in the Middle East. We are very pleased to have brought Nigel and Brendan into the Group, but also commit a major amount of time into developing our own managers such as Carl, from within the organisation".
Ham Baker Adams has been awarded a framework for the supply and installation of eel-friendly bandscreens by Anglian Water, to upgrade water intakes and outfalls for the next 4 years with possible extensions for a further 4 years. - See more
Ham Baker Adams, Sales Director, Shyam Mallen said:
"To comply with the Eels (England & Wales) Regulations 2009 and EU Directives, we have designed a special fish-friendly screen to aid fish recovery & return (FRR)".
"We have already successfully supplied fish-friendly screens prior to this award to another water company and have now been awarded Sproughton near Ipswich (£290k) under the framework, with Tinwell (£190k) near Stamford also expected to commence shortly".
To be installed along the River Gipping for Sproughton and the River Gwash for Tinwell, Ham Baker's Bandscreens will prevent eels from accidentally being drawn into water intakes and outfalls as they journey to complete their life cycle.
The new framework is in addition to the one already held by Ham Baker Adams for the supply of inlet screens to Anglian Water.
To meet their ever increasing renewable energy targets and utilise a valuable existing source, water companies should embrace the undoubted hydropower potential in sewage outfalls.
So say Ham Baker, who can now offer a new Screw Generator system made with a low-cost reinforced plastic screw for existing outfalls (1m to 4m head) with flow rates of up to 900 litres per second and the potential to generate up to 30 kW.
"It is time for the UK water companies to stop thinking of hydropower as some sort of old fashioned exclusive for areas with the right topography and large water capacities," said Ian Goddard, Ham Baker's Business Development Director.
"Unlike other forms of renewable energy," he added, "there are no drawn out complications with planning or FITs (Feed-in Tariffs). Instead, in most cases, we're offering an almost plug-in-and-play unit with a full control system that can be put into a sewage channel with minimal civils."
Goddard claims that with such a huge number of sewage outfalls in the UK, of which around 75% would meet the criteria, the low cost of the plastic screw compared to metal (including reduced transport and installation), presents a golden opportunity for UK water companies.
He continued: "Reinforced plastic screw generators are game-changers in their own right. So when one brings in the almost unused existing flow resource of sewage outfalls, those water companies currently without a dedicated hydropower person may soon have to start thinking about appointing one." - See more here.
The Ham Baker Group will be exhibiting at the Flood & Coast Show in Telford, held between 23-25 February 2016
If Totex is going to be embraced and succeed, the time has finally arrived for water companies to look at whether operators are ‘using' important assets correctly, or inadvertently abusing them, according to Ham Baker's Spares Maintenance & Service division.
Citing a need for more education, training and dialogue between operators and service companies, the firm says that an increasing amount of equipment is being burnt out from over-use, with the same now unsuitable control philosophy still in place from when it was first installed, perhaps over a decade ago or even longer.
"If the industry is serious about Totex then it needs to raise the bar and work much more closely with those who can and want to protect important assets and who are willing to take on performance-based service contracts", said Ray Haydon, Director of Ham Baker's Spares Maintenance and Service Division.
He added: "We keep hearing that Totex means ‘a more holistic approach', so surely we can all do better than someone randomly calling up with nothing more to add to their statement of: ‘It's broke!".
Haydon said that the problem was sometimes caused simply by changes in site personnel, but without a proper preventative maintenance programme, the service division from the company that actually carried out the original installation isn't usually asked to come back and help.
He continued: "At Ham Baker we offer a free consultation on control philosophy because we believe that your assets equal our reputation. A guaranteed supply of OEM parts is also very important, as well as ensuring that a performance-based service contract includes a guaranteed stock of job-specific critical parts".
The Ham Baker Group will be exhibiting at the IWA Water Loss Conference in Bangalore, between the 3-5 February
The Ham Baker Group will be exhibiting at the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi, held between 18-21 January 2016
A new Micro-Hydro partnership between Ham Baker Group and SPP Pumps promises to bring affordable, effective energy generation for water treatment inlet works and service reservoirs at one third to one half the cost of complicated traditional systems.
The Pump as Turbine (PaT) solution from SPP, which benefits from Ham Baker's expertise in control systems, will provide micro-hydro technology at one third to one half the cost of complicated traditional systems, offering major reductions in maintenance time and spares.
"Feed-in tariffs may seem off-putting for some hydro initiatives," said Ian Goddard, Ham Baker Group's Business Development Director, "but water companies can generate from as little as 10kW to as much as 250kW of energy from a PaT which they can then use on site. The industry's mindset with hydro always seems to have been to think big, but with renewables now so important, the considerable opportunities with a PaT for Micro-Hydro should no longer be overlooked".
Stuart Wallis from SPP Pumps added: "This forward-looking new partnership with Ham Baker well and truly opens the door for UK water companies to generate the same energy values from Micro installations but at the same time drastically reduce their Hydro TOTEX. The lifecycle costs for PaT win hands down - and by creating a simple by-pass at most treatment works' inlets/outlets, there's no disruption or change needed to existing equipment such as valves". The new agreement with SPP Pumps follows Ham Baker Group's recent launch of a new Screw Generator system for hydro power. Made with a low-cost reinforced plastic screw for existing sewage outfalls (1m to 4m head) with flow rates of up to 900 litres per second, it has the potential to generate up to 30 kW.
The UK flow control specialist company Ham Baker Group made its US debut at WEFTEC 2015 with plans to market its passive flood-defense barrier system Autodam - in addition to the company's newly expanded engineering solutions in the United States, including products and services for desalination and irrigation projects in areas of drought
First established in 884, the company has earned an enviable reputation in the UK, the Far East, Australia, and South Africa. Its increasing amount of work with US consultants in the Middle East in the past few years prompted the company to embark on ambitious plans to bring its products and services across the Atlantic. Some of the Group's products are already made under license in the US.
In 2013, the Group was bought by Andrew Williams, who described Ham Baker then as "a sleeping giant that was stale, fragmented and with no ongoing investment." Two years later, the Group reports a US$50million turnover and a growing business.
Ham Baker Group takes an holistic approach to providing engineered solutions and sees it success in the Middle East as key to its belief that it can become a valuable partner for large infrastructure schemes in the US. "In places such as Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi, our engineering is pushing the boundaries", said Williams, who is Group Managing Director of Ham Baker Group. "We're achieving this in places where specifications are exacting to say the least — and it hasn't gone unnoticed. Over and over again, consultants asked us why we weren't working in the US."
Williams says Ham Baker, an approved supplier to Ashghal, the Public Works Authority responsible for the planning, design, procurement, construction, delivery and asset management of all infrastructure projects and public buildings in Qatar, is recognised for high quality and engineering know-how. The Group recently completed the design, manufacture, supply and supervision of an installation of high-head special stainless steel penstocks for stormwater pumping stations. The 18-meter (m) on-and-off-seating penstocks, including two sized at 2.5m2 and 3.0m2, are a key part of the country's Expressway Programme, which with 560 miles of new roads is one of Ashghal's most important infrastructure projects. The Expressway will also cater for future light rail transit (LRT) and Metro's Red Line North. Iconic superstructures at key locations along the route will complete the striking look of this major road network.
In Birmingham, England, Ham Baker Group is close to completely a custom-designed wastewater flow control system for part of the Rolls Royce Group. In addition to cast-iron penstocks and ATEX-approved actuators, a key control system will monitor and operate both the foul and wastewater drain discharges into the local sewer network to prevent the discharge of hydrocarbons. This part of the installation from Ham Baker Group company IVL Flow Control will also safeguard storm and foul water drainage systems so that they are never overwhelmed. "This is a great example of how we can provide the whole solution," Williams said.
As for Ham Baker's US prospects, Williams added, "Our biggest challenge will be to set up our own manufacturing and distribution in the US, but we have made some very promising contacts, including good potential agents at WEFTEC, which has given us a better understanding of the market in North America."
This article first appeared in World Water Magazine - Nov/Dec 2015
The Ham Baker Group is exhibiting at Water, Sewerage and Waste Exhibition in Bradford
The Ham Baker Group is exhibiting at WEFTEC 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.
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