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United Utilities

United Utilities has secured a £500m loan from the European Investment Bank for improvements to its water and wastewater networks across the North West.

United Utilities is looking to invest £120m in improvements to wastewater treatment facilities in Blackburn after 2016.

United Utilities is to set up a £10m data centre at its Davyhulme sewage plant in Greater Manchester by October 2014.

United Utilities is to invest £700m in infrastructure projects over the next year, including water treatment works in Manchester and Liverpool, while 40 apprentices will be recruited every year until 2015.

United Utilities is considering a proposal to build a £2.6bn water pipe next to the HS2 rail link between London and Manchester by 2033, in order to manage water shortages.

United Utilities is looking to recruit 40 apprentices at its water operations in Bolton, Manchester, Stockport, Warrington and Wigan.

United Utilities has won permission for the £200m expansion of its waste treatment plant at Sandon Dock in Liverpool, with the creation of up to 350 jobs.

United Utilities is to recruit up to 40 apprentices a year for the next four years, as part of a programme to improve its water and waste operations in the North West.

United Utilities is to create 250 new jobs at call centres in Warrington and Whitehaven, in order to transfer billing and payments work from abroad.

United Utilities is to sell its 50% stake in the Meter Fit non-regulated gas and electricity meter ownership business to its joint venture partner Marlin Acquisitions for £119m.

United Utilities is to sell its non-regulated water businesses to Veolia Environnement of France for about £175m, including operations in Scotland, Bulgaria, Estonia and Poland.

United Utilities has sold its water and wastewater treatment operations in Australia to a consortium led by Mitsubishi Corporation for £136m.

United Utilities is to invest £4.3m in a pilot project to generate gas at its Davyhulme wastewater treatment plant in Manchester.

United Utilities and Interserve have been selected as preferred bidders for a municipal waste treatment contract for Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council, including the development of a new plant.

United Utilities has sold its Norweb electricity distribution business to a consortium of Colonial First State Global Asset Management and JP Morgan Asset Management for £1.8bn.

United Utilities is to sell its Vertex Data Science business outsourcing division to a private equity consortium led by Oak Hill Capital Partners for £217m.

United Utilities is to acquire 1st Software Group, the financial planning software company, for an initial £25m, in order to expand its Vertex Financial Services division.

United Utilities is creating up to 24 new jobs for engineers in its gas emergency service in the north-east, Yorkshire and northern Cumbria.

United Utilities has awarded a £50m contract to a consortium of Amec and Lurgi UK to expand the Mersey Valley sludge processing plant near Widnes by 2008.

United Utilities has acquired Marlborough Stirling, the financial software company, for £95m, in order to expand its Vertex Data Science division.

United Utilities has sold 40 green energy projects to Novera Energy and Macquarie Bank for £63m, including 29 landfill gas sites, ten small hydropower sites and one mine gas site.

United Utilities has won approval from the Welsh Assembly to build a £120m wind farm with 30 turbines off the coast of Porthcawl.

United Utilities is seeking contractors to build a £30m bio-fuel plant at an undisclosed location in South Wales.

United Utilities has acquired Eurocall, the Manchester-based telecoms company with 137 staff, for £42m, in order to expand its Your Communications business.

United Utilities and Peel Holdings are to submit plans for a £50m 26-turbine wind farm on moor land between Rawtenstall and Rochdale.

United Utilities has unveiled proposals to build 12 wind turbines at Clowbridge near Burnley.

United Utilities and Abbey National Treasury Services have won a £225m contract from British Gas to install and maintain about 5m gas meters in northern England and North Wales.

United Utilities is planning to invest £200m in renewable energy schemes, including wind farms, landfill gas, biomass and hydroelectric plants.

United Utilities is considering plans to build wind farms and grow green energy crops in Cumbria, in an attempt to find alternative uses for former sheep grazing land.

United Utilities is to buy the non-regulated water supply and waste water operations of Hyder from Western Power Distribution for £75m, allowing WPD to focus on Hyder's power business.

United Utilities has acquired Intercell, the Sheffield-based telecoms company, for undisclosed terms, and it will be merged into its Norweb Telecom operation.

United Utilities is to invest £100m over the next 12 months in the creation of a broad-band national network for its Norweb Telecom business, including a new sales and marketing support division in Liverpool.

United Utilities is to recruit a further 30 sales and marketing staff in order to expand its Norweb Telecom business throughout the country.

United Utilities has announced the disposal of Norweb's US generation interests to Indeck North American Power Fund for £25m.

US Filter has acquired the process equipment division of United Utilities for £125m.