Black & Veatch Finds Business Good in Asia Pacific Region

Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting, and construction company, recently won several awards and secured approximately $34 million worth of major new projects in the growing Singapore, Australia, and Hong Kong water markets, a June 24 press release said.

The company more than tripled the annual revenues of its water business in the Asia Pacific region during 2007 to approximately $170 million.

"As we continued to implement some of the most complex and sustainable water engineering projects in the region, our Asia Pacific business saw significant growth in 2007," said Dan McCarthy, president and chief executive officer of the company's global water business. "This was a result of capitalizing on opportunities and efficiency improvements we made in Singapore and Hong Kong SAR, and further expansion into the Australian water market."

In Singapore, Black & Veatch will undertake consulting engineering services for the Jurong Membrane Bioreactor Plant (MBR). With a capacity of 15 million gallons per day, the plant will be the largest MBR facility in Singapore and one of the largest in the region. Also in Singapore, SembCorp Utilities appointed the company to carry out full engineering design services for the Changi NEWater Plant.

. Stage 1A of the Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant in Australia will be recognized at the Regional IWA Project Innovation Awards luncheon and ceremony that will take place in Singapore on June 26 as part of the Singapore International Water Week. Since November 2006, Black & Veatch and joint-venture partner Thiess have been working in partnership with Western Corridor Recycled Water Pty Ltd and the Queensland Government's Department of Infrastructure and Planning on the design, construction, and commissioning of a plant at Bundamba. The plant will deliver purified recycled water to the drought stricken areas of Southeast Queensland ensuring secure water supplies for the foreseeable future. Stage 1B was completed and commissioned in April.

In Hong Kong SAR, the company secured the expansion study of the Tai Po Water Treatment Works; the feasibility study of using the space below a future freight yard to accommodate part of a future biological sewage treatment plant on Stonecutters Island; and investigation, design, and construction of village sewerage schemes in the North District, Tseung Kwan O and Tuen Mun of Hong Kong.

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