Environmental Protection

MWH Global Will Acquire Outback Ecology

By combining the Australia-based Outback Ecology with MWH Global, the companies will be able to provide more opportunities to serve mining industry clients across the full lifecycle of energy and natural resources engineering projects.

MWH Global has announced that it intends to purchase Outback Ecology, an Australian environmental consultancy associated with the natural resources and mining industry for more than 20 years.

The planned acquisition provides an opportunity to combine MWH current product offerings for the resources and energy industries, from water management and natural resources engineering to mine remediation, with Outback Ecology’s specialized services in this area. 

“Both MWH and Outback Ecology have similar values and focus on water, sustainability, ecology, and the environment to effectively serve our clients and communities,” said Joseph Adams, president of the Energy & Industry business at MWH. “MWH is pleased to welcome Outback Ecology’s 75 employees, including scientists and specialists who will continue to work with clients across the lifecycle of mining and energy projects from evaluation and permitting through reclamation and beyond.”

“The Outback Ecology leadership team committed early on that if we were ever to be acquired, we would join a growing, but stable, firm that has similar values, offers our leaders and staff enhanced opportunities in Asia Pacific and globally, and will ensure our commitment to client service and quality work is maintained. We believe MWH is that firm,” said Harley Lacy, Outback Ecology chairman and founder.

Outback Ecology delivers services across Australia and the Pacific Rim, operating out of three primary office locations in Perth, Brisbane, and Kalgoorlie, Australia. MWH has more than 500 employees in Australia, where it has been serving clients in the Asia-Pacific region for more than 40 years.

Integration of the two companies will begin immediately upon transaction completion, which is expected to take place in early to mid-April. Acquisition terms were not disclosed. While initially maintaining its identity as Outback Ecology, the organization will transition its name to MWH. 

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