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Arcadis wins Hyder sweepstakes

Having come back with a second, better offer earlier this month, Dutch design, consulting, engineering, and management firm Arcadis NV (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) appears to have won the bidding war for London-based design and engineering firm Hyder Consulting, plc. Rival bidder Nippon Koei Group, a Tokyo-based design firm, announced on September 12 that it will not counter Arcadis’s bid amounting to the equivalent of $476 million U.S. for Hyder and has withdrawn its own $435 million offer. “While Hyder represents an attractive fit with Nippon Koei, and is clearly an excellent company, an acquisition at the current valuation level would present challenges to value enhancement for us,” said Nippon Koei President Noriaki Hirose in a statement. Hyder employs about 4,500 professionals and generates annual revenue totaling approximately 5,000 million. While it was pursuing the Hyder acquisition, Arcadis completed another deal, announcing in late August that it has picked up architecture and design firm Callison (Seattle, WA).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014

United Water to operate Nassau County wastewater system

Referring to the deal as the largest water-related public-private partnership in the United States, United Water (Harrington Park, NJ) announced that it has signed an agreement with officials of Nassau County, New York, to operate and maintain the county’s wastewater treatment system for the next 20 years. The system encompasses several treatment plants, associated pumping stations, and a sewer network handling the wastewater generated by 1.2 million people on Long Island. United Water, which is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ Environnement, said that the partnership with the county has a value of more than $1.2 billion. With United Water as its partner, the county said that it plans to invest more than $830 million in upgrading the sewer system over the next several years, with the support of a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Atkins acquires Nuclear Safety Associates

United Kingdom-based consulting and engineering firm Atkins announced that it has completed its acquisition of Nuclear Safety Associates (NSA; Charlotte, NC), in a deal that is valued initially at $15 million but that could increase to $27 million if NSA hits certain performance targets. NSA, which employs 130 people, provides safety, design, engineering, and professional security services to the U.S. nuclear power industry. During calendar year 2013, it generated revenue of about $25 million. “This acquisition is another step towards our strategy to be one of the world’s leading energy consultancies,” said Uwe Krueger, Atkins’ CEO. “NSA will enhance our presence in North America, the world’s largest nuclear market, and its safety and security skills will strengthen our international nuclear offering.” NSA joins a company that employs about 17,500 people worldwide, including more than 3,000 professionals in the United States, and generates revenue of about $2.5 billion annually.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014

MWH wins contracts for Pakistani hydropower projects

MWH Global (Broomfield, CO) has received a pair of contracts related to hydropower development in the nation of Pakistan. In one of the awards, MWH will serve as the owner’s engineer on a $350 million contract for Mira Power Ltd., which is developing the 102 megawatt (MW) Gulpur Hydropower Project on the Poonch River in the Kotli District of Azad Kashmir. Construction of the Gulpur project began in January 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by August 2018. Prior to serving as the owner’s engineer, MWH had conducted on-site field reviews of the project and consulted on its ultimate design. In the other contract, which is a $17.9 million award, MWH will perform an environmental and social impact assessment at the Diamer-Bhasha Dam project site for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The $14 billion, 4,500 MW Diamer-Bhasha Dam project is intended to extend the life of the Tarbela Dam by 35 years by reducing downstream siltation, providing flood control for the region, and providing water storage for irrigation use.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Navy awards $23.6 million contract to Tetra Tech

Tetra Tech, Inc. (Pasadena, CA) announced on September 11 that it has received a five-year, $23.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to assess and mitigate the environmental impacts of expanded training activity at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms, California. Located in the high desert region of the Mojave Desert in southern California, MCAGCC is one of the largest military training areas in the nation. Through a combination of field surveys and data analysis, Tetra Tech will assess the density, health, and habitat structure of threatened species and collaborate with MCAGCC’s Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service in the development and implementation of monitoring and mitigation strategies.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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