UK Potable Water and Sewerage market report
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Key Issues Covered
- What are the key drivers for capital investment in the water and sewerage industry?
- What does the shift towards total expenditure (totex) in AMP6 mean for the industry?
- How do changes in the regulatory framework affect the industry’s approach to capital investment?
- What are the key challenges facing the industry?
References are 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 non-infrastructure.
- Infrastructure enhancements: refers to total infrastructure expenditure for enhancement purposes
- Non-infrastructure enhancements: refers to total non-infrastructure expenditure for enhancement purposes
Ofwat has introduced new reporting categories for capital expenditure (capex) for the current asset management period AMP6 (2015-20), and as part of the new total expenditure (totex) analysis of companies’ wholesale water and wastewater businesses. During AMP6, companies are required to provide an update on totex, opex and capex in their annual performance report, which is submitted to Ofwat to demonstrate compliance with their separate price controls. Capex are reported under the following new categories:
- Maintaining the long-term capability of the assets - infra: Capital expenditure on infrastructure assets, excluding third-party capex, to maintain the long-term capability of assets and deliver base levels of service.
- Maintaining the long-term capability of the assets - non infra: Capital expenditure on noninfrastructure assets, excluding third-party capex, to maintain the long-term capability of assets and deliver base levels of service.
- Other capital expenditure - infra: Any capital expenditure on infrastructure assets other than included in ‘maintaining the long-term capability of the assets - infra’ and excluding third-party capex.
- Other capital expenditure - non infra: Any capital expenditure on infrastructure assets other than spending included in ‘maintaining the long-term capability of the assets - non-infra’. The capital expenditure value is adjusted to include non-infrastructure adoptions.
- Third party services: Capital expenditure for providing third-party services, such as bulk supplies, supplies of non-potable water, and rechargeable works where the appointee is a monopoly supplier.
- Anglian Water Services
- United Utilities Water
- Northumbrian Water
- Severn Trent Water
- South West Water
- Southern Water Services
- Thames Water Utilities
- Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig
- Wessex Water
- Yorkshire Water Services
- Scottish Water
- Northern Ireland Water
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Written by Claudia Preedy, a leading analyst in the B2B - Industrial sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
For the current asset management period AMP6, running from 2015 to 2020, Ofwat has introduced a move towards total expenditure (totex), combining capital and operational expenditure. Ofwat believes this will remove a bias toward capital programmes as capital expenditure has often been preferred over operational expenditure in delivery solutions due to the design of the regulatory framework. The focus on customers, outcomes, and totex under the new regulatory framework should encourage companies to deliver solutions as efficiently as possible and drive productivity gains in the sector.
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