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AMP-based manufacturer and Sheffield charity collaborate to provide clean water in Africa

posted 15 Aug 2012, 01:24 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 15 Aug 2012, 01:25 ]
An AMP-based manufacturer and a Sheffield charity have come together to significantly improve the living standards of families in Nigeria.

The collaboration between X-cel Superturn, producer of precision machined components for the petrochemical & power generation industries, and local charity, TASTE, which works in Nigeria helping rural communities to gain access to clean drinking water, is set to benefit thousands of people.

Andrew Taylor, managing director at X-cel Superturn explains their involvement in the project; “As a manufacturer of downhole drilling components for the oil industry, Ben from TASTE approached us to see if we had any used drill bits that we could donate. Once he’d explained what the charity was about and how they help communities in Nigeria we found what they do very interesting and worthwhile and decided it would be better to provide new drill bits instead.”

Ben Udejiofo, chief executive of TASTE says; “It has been fantastic to get the help from Andrew and X-cel Superturn. We would have been happy with used drill bits, but to get new, specially manufactured components means that we can help a number of new communities and not have to suspend our projects while we try to find replacement used drill bits parts that will wear out more quickly.”

One drill bit will typically be used to drill 5-6 boreholes down to a minimum depth of 30 metres in hard rock. Each borehole can provide water for up to 2,000 people, so the three parts supplied by X-cel could help around 36,000 people.

Ben adds; “Enabling communities to access water through these boreholes plays a significant role in reducing childhood and other illnesses linked to poor water quality. The boreholes allow the safe, clean water in aquifers deep below ground to be reached and which can then be used without requiring treatment.

“We are so grateful that a significant company like X-cel, is keen to work with a small charity like TASTE, but through similar partnership with other  Sheffield companies, TASTE could help many more communities thousands of miles away.” 

Sheffield based X:Cel Superturn, has recently expanded to a new facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, after securing a £6m, three-year contract to supply precision gaskets and sealing rings to a global manufacturer of subsea trees, the equipment used to top underwater wellheads and control the flow of oil or gas.

Any companies who could help supply similar drill bits should contact; ben@taste.org.uk