“As the majority of capital projects driven by legislative requirements in the water and sewerage industry are now complete, a shift in focus is expected during the next five-year regulatory period 2015-20 (AMP6), with companies likely to concentrate on effective asset management and maintenance rather than capital replacement. Changes in the regulatory environment going into AMP6 also mean that there will be less emphasis on capital expenditure over the coming years, instead companies will focus on total expenditure and take a ‘whole life cost’ approach to delivering the most effective solutions.”
– Claudia Preedy, Industrial Analyst
This report will explore the following key questions facing the UK Potable Water industry:
- What are the key drivers for capital investment in the water and sewerage industry?
- What have been the water-related capital expenditure patterns by individual water and sewerage companies during the last five years?
- Is there a shift from capital projects investment towards asset maintenance?
- How will changes in the regulatory environment for the Asset Management Period 2015-20 (AMP6) affect the industry’s approach to capital investment?
- What are water and sewerage companies’ proposals for total expenditure for AMP6?
Reference is made in this report to certain categories of capital expenditure, as reported by water and sewerage companies, which are detailed below:
- Infrastructure renewal expenditure (IRE): refers to the actual expenditure incurred in the financial year in maintaining the operating capability of infrastructure assets through renewal or renovation of those assets.
- Maintenance non-infrastructure (MNI): refers to all actual or historic expenditure charged to capital maintenance noninfrastructure.
- Infrastructure enhancements – refers to total infrastructure expenditure for enhancement purposes
- Non-infrastructure enhancements – refers to total non-infrastructure expenditure for enhancement purposes
Throughout this report the term capital expenditure refers to gross expenditure rather than investment, which is more often quoted by individual companies. The report is based on the acquisition of tangible fixed assets, and for this reason, investment is segmented into the following:
- Process plant
- Civil engineering
For the water and sewerage industry, the definitions of each area of expenditure is as follows:
- Process plant: plant and machinery
- Civil engineering: land and buildings, infrastructure and assets, such as water mains, sewers, impounding and raw water storage, reservoirs, dams and sea outfalls, specialised operational properties and structures including intake works, pumping stations, treatment works and bore holes
- Building: assets in the course of consumption
- Other: fixtures and equipment, vehicles and mobile plant and other non-operational activities
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