Welsh Water sister wins WSSL as Ofwat revokes Cobalt licence post acquisition

Ofwat has granted Welsh Water stablemate Cambrian Water, a water supply and sewerage licence (WSSL) to operate in the English business water market. The licence came into force on 22 July 2017.

In the same week the regulator gave notice of its revocation of Cobalt Water’s WSSL following the company’s acquisition on 13 July 2017 by Castle Water. Case renamed Cobalt as Castle Water (Scotland) and the former Cobalt licence is now held in that name.

The revocation will take effect from rom 24 August 2017.

WSSLs granted to date

Affinity for Business

Anglian Water Business

Castle Water

Clear Business Water;

Kelda Retail (Three Sixty)

Northumbrian Water Business

Severn Trent and United Utilities (Water Plus)

South Staffs Water Business

SES Business Water

Water 2 Business

Business Stream

Pennon Water Services

Regent Water

Thames Water Commercial Services was granted a licence and has

since exited the market


Advanced Demand Side Management

Peel Water


Invicta Water (South East Water trading as Water Choice)

Veolia Water Retail

The Water Retail Company

South East Water has been granted a sewerage licence

Greene King Brewing and Retailing has been granted a self service licence

Cambrian Water

Cobalt Water (revoked)

Outstanding applications

Real Water

Tor Water

Yü Water

First Business Water

Marston’s (Self-supply)

Earl’s Gate Water has won a water services self-supply licence and a sewerage services self-supply licence granted by Water Industry Commission for Scotland.