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AMEC, Foster Wheeler complete combination

Global engineering and project management company Amec Plc (London, U.K.) has completed its acquisition of engineering and construction firm Foster Wheeler AG (Reading, U.K.), creating a company of more than 40,000 professionals working in 50 countries and generating annualized revenue of about £5.5 billion (approximately $8.6 billion U.S.). Now operating under the name Amec Foster Wheeler, the company said that it has reinforced a strong global position in the oil and gas sector, claiming 56% of 2013 pro-forma revenue from that industry; about 19% of revenue came from clean energy, 9% from environment and infrastructure, 8% from Amec’s Global Power division, and 8% from mining. “Amec Foster Wheeler operates in more than 50 countries worldwide, in strong end markets and throughout the value chain,” said Samir Brikho, chief executive of the company. “With our strong management team and talented workforce, we will not only serve our customers better, but can also offer our highly skilled employees even better career opportunities.” 

Amec Foster Wheeler also announced the heads of its four business units, each reporting to Brikho: Simon Naylor, group president, Americas; John Pearson, group president, Northern Europe & CIS; Robert Penno, group president, AMEA & Southern Europe; and Gary Nedelka, group president, Global Power Group. Naylor and Pearson had been with AMEC, while Penno and Nedelka came over with Foster Wheeler. The four business units will be supported by a global strategy and business development function and a project delivery function, the company said in a release.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014

NorthStar acquires WRS

NorthStar Group Services, Inc. (New York, NY) announced that it has completed its acquisition of WRS Infrastructure & Environment, Inc. (Tampa, FL), thereby expanding its environmental remediation and civil construction capabilities. NorthStar said that, with the WRS resources on board, it will be able to provide a full complement of remediation, site assessment, water resources management, and flood control services to government, power, manufacturing, industrial, mining, and oil and gas clients. “With safety and our customers as our top priorities, we believe NorthStar is better positioned to deliver on our commitment to provide best-in-class environmental, demolition, and emergency response services to our clients everywhere,” said Scott State, NorthStar’s CEO. Richard Santello, CEO of WRS, commented, “joining forces with NorthStar marks the next great chapter in the history of WRS. WRS’ technical expertise complements NorthStar’s extensive service offerings and our clients will undoubtedly benefit from NorthStar’s deep resources and knowledge.” 

In July 2014, WRS announced that it and its affiliate Compass Environmental, Inc. had filed voluntary petitions for business reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of Florida. In announcing the filing, WRS said that it had sufficient liquidity to continue operating and at the time had received at least one expression of interest to buy the company out of bankruptcy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014

CDM Smith, Hatfield partner in Indonesia “green” project

CDM Smith (Cambridge, MA) has formed a partnership with environmental consulting firm Hatfield Consultants (Vancouver, British Columbia) to assist the government of Indonesia in the management and implementation of its $332.5 million Green Prosperity project, an initiative focused on building the nation’s economy in a more sustainable way. The project is the largest program under Indonesia’s five-year, $600 million compact with the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and involves investments in ways to expand access to renewable energy, improve land use practices and productivity, strengthen environmental stewardship, and build capacity for district-level spatial planning. Under its contract, which runs through 2018, the CDM Smith/Hatfield team will engage in a number of activities, including assessing community-based natural resource management initiatives, facilitating renewable energy project development, and obtaining grant funding for environmental projects. Separately, CDM Smith and Hatfield are partnering in the provision of technical support services to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and its mission in Vietnam to assess dioxin remediation alternatives at Bien Hoa Airbase.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014

SLR Consulting acquires Challenge Energy

SLR Consulting Ltd., a unit of multidisciplinary environmental consulting firm SLR Management Ltd. (Oxford, U.K.), announced that it has acquired U.K.-based Challenge Energy, a provider of consulting services to the upstream oil and gas industry. Challenge Energy employs 16 geoscientists, reservoir and petroleum engineers, and economists led by Nick Hooke, who founded the company in 1997. The firm has worked in 48 countries, with a particular focus on the United Kingdom, northwestern Europe, and Africa. Recent clients include Chevron, Det Norske, OMV, Africa Oil, and the government of Kenya. “Merging with SLR’s team allows us to strengthen our offering across the upstream value chain, particularly in exploration-related services,” said Hooke. Kevin Rattue, SLR’s director of North America, commented, “we are pleased with the addition of Challenge Energy and look forward to the opportunity to continue to expand our upstream services at the global level.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014

San Mateo selects CH2M HILL to manage water program

The city of San Mateo in California has awarded a contract to CH2M HILL (Denver, CO) to oversee the city’s Clean Water Program, an initiative that will encompass an investment of approximately $900 million over 20 years to upgrade the city’s sanitary sewer collection and wastewater treatment system. Under the contract, CH2M HILL will provide program planning and administration, program control, technical planning, engineering support, portal management, and construction support services for the Clean Water Program. The city of San Mateo has sewer lines that date back to the early 1900s, and its wastewater treatment capacity was largely constructed in the years between 1935 and 1980. Two regulatory programs are in place requiring the city to prevent sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and stormwater from blending, and to upgrade its collection and treatment systems. The city is currently in the process of finalizing the capital improvement program (CIP) component of the Clean Water Program master plan.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014

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