EBJ News for May 1, 2018

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DOD awards ARDL $40 million contract for environmental services

According to the Department of Defense, ARDL Inc., doing business as Applied Research and Development Lab (Mount Vernon, Ill.), has been awarded a $40 million firm-fixed-price contract for environmental services. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with four received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 2023. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the contracting entity. ARDL is a woman-owned small business that provides environmental services, consulting and engineering, and program management.


E&E awarded $5 million to investigate uranium mine sites for Navajo Nation

Ecology and Environment Inc. (Lancaster, N.Y.) has been awarded a three-year, $5 million plus contract with the Phase 2 Removal Site Evaluation Trust to conduct site investigations of abandoned uranium mine (AUM) sites throughout the Navajo Nation. Ecology and Environment will work with the Trust to determine whether soils, sediments, groundwater or surface water have been affected by an AUM and pose a potential risk to human health and the environment. The company will also conduct outreach to Navajo residents and communities. Widespread uranium mining on Navajo Nation lands began in the early 1900s and peaked between the 1940s and 1960s in support of U.S. defense programs.


Navarro wins NASA environmental services contract

NASA has awarded a contract to Navarro Research and Engineering Inc. (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) for continued environmental compliance and operation services at the agency’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M. Environmental Compliance and Operation 2 (ECO2) is a five-year hybrid, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, with cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price task orders. The contract has a total potential value of $80 million and will be effective from June 2018 through May 2023. Navarro will provide environmental restoration, multi-media environmental compliance and sustainability program services, as well as general environmental operational support, including overall program management.


Manila Water appoints Black & Veatch to advance water infrastructure

Black & Veatch (Overland Park Kansas), in consortium with DCCD Engineering of the Philippines, has been selected as one of two consultant teams under a five-year Consultancy Services Framework Agreement to assist Manila Water on multiple projects. Manila Water is looking to increase capital spending significantly in 2018-2027, focusing on water and wastewater infrastructure for eastern Metropolitan Manila. “Framework agreements are relatively uncommon in Southeast Asia and underline Manila Water’s advanced thinking and strong commitment to delivering world-class infrastructure against ambitious schedules,” said William Yong, vice president and managing director, Black & Veatch Southeast Asia. Black & Veatch first worked in the Philippines in 1967 on a sewerage master plan for Manila commissioned by the World Health Organization.


Aquarion Group secures €15 million convertible loan

Sustainable Growth Fund has signed a deal with the advanced water systems provider Aquarion AG (Stuttgart, Germany) in which Aquarion will get funding of €15 million to accelerate growth. Funds will be used predominantly to fund acquisitions to increase Aquarion Group’s revenues to more than €100 million. Aquarion’s immediate focus will be ownership of a disruptive technology for treatment of heavily contaminated wastewaters, access to new geographic markets, and expansion of its products and systems portfolio to increase the company’s recurring revenue stream. Aquarion aims to complete an IPO in 2019. Aquarion provides advanced water systems for the oil & gas industry, energy sector, semiconductor sector and other process industries as well as for the potable water market. The company has operations in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, UK, the UAE, Chile, Russia and Southeast Asia.


RSK Group continues acquisition program

Environmental and engineering services company RSK Group Ltd. (Helsby, Cheshire, UK) acquired Non Destructive Testing Services Ltd., an independent pile testing engineering company, and Copeland Wedge Associates, consulting civil and structural engineers. Both acquired firms are located in the UK and between them add 60 staff to RSK’s geosciences and engineering division. Permira Debt Managers has backed RSK in making the acquisitions as part of a £140-million funding package agreed in 2017 that will include about 10 acquisitions for the group. The acquisitions bring RSK’s headcount to over 2,300 in 85 offices worldwide.


HUD awards record $28 billion to states hit by natural disasters

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded nearly $28 billion to support long-term disaster recovery in hard-hit areas in nine states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Funds are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program and will address seriously damaged housing, businesses and infrastructure from major disasters that have occurred since 2015. The grants include more than $12 billion for major disasters that occurred in 2017 and nearly $16 billion to support mitigation activities in areas that experienced major Presidentially declared disasters since 2015.  The largest awards are $18.4 billion for Puerto Rico, $4.7 billion for Texas, $1.6 billion for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and $1.2 billion for Louisiana.


ECS acquires GEM Engineering

Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) has acquired GEM Engineering Inc. (GEM), whose office will become the Louisville, Ky. location of ECS Southeast LLP and a member of the ECS Group of Companies. GEM specializes in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and environmental engineering. Founded in 1988, ECS offers geotechnical, environmental, construction materials and facilities engineering and has over 1,600 employees and more than 60 offices and testing facilities across the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southeast and Southwest.


Veolia selected for biomass-to-energy facilities

Veolia Energy Operating Services LLC, a division of Veolia North America (Boston, Mass.), has been selected by Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) to operate and maintain three biomass-to-energy facilities. Veolia will support the startup and commissioning of biomass projects in Lumberton, N.C., Carnesville, Ga., and Colbert, Ga. The Lumberton plant uses both biomass and poultry litter for fuel and has a long-term power purchase agreement with Duke Energy. The Georgia projects are expected to be online by mid-2019. When complete, each facility will use approximately 500,000 tons of biomass each year and employ 25 to 30 people.


EDF announces satellite to measure methane emissions

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF, New York, N.Y.) plans to develop and launch a satellite to identify and measure methane emissions from human-made sources worldwide, starting with the oil and gas industry. Data from MethaneSAT will give countries and companies data needed to spot problem areas and measure progress. The satellite will be able to regularly monitor roughly 50 major oil and gas regions accounting for over 80% of global production. MethaneSAT will also be capable of measuring emissions from feedlots, landfills, and other man-made methane sources. EDF is partnering with Harvard University and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. EDF said MethaneSAT is the newest chapter in its effort to advance peer-reviewed science focused on oil and gas methane emissions.


Eurofins acquires Eichrom Lab in testing for the nuclear industry

Eurofins Scientific (Luxembourg), a bio-analytical testing firm, has acquired Eichrom Laboratoires (Rennes, France), a player in radioactivity and asbestos testing. Eichrom performs radioactivity, chemical, and asbestos analyses, providing a one-stop testing shop for the nuclear industry. The company has 57 staff and generated revenues close to €4 million in 2017. Eichrom is a sister company of Eichrom Technologies, which makes resins used by radioactivity testing laboratories.


First electrified road opens in Sweden

The world’s first electrified road that recharges the batteries of vehicles driving on it has been opened in Sweden, according to the Guardian newspaper. About 1.2 miles of electric rail has been installed in a road near Stockholm, and the government has drafted a national map for future expansion. Sweden’s goal of fossil fuel independence by 2030 requires a 70% reduction in the transport sector, the article said. Power is transferred from two tracks of rail in the road via a movable arm attached to the bottom of a vehicle.


Metropolitan Board approves funding for two-tunnel California WaterFix

The board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted in April to provide additional financing for the construction of the California WaterFix project. The board authorized $10.8 billion to modernize the state’s aging water delivery system, making Metropolitan the primary investor and more than doubling the agency’s initially planned investment. About 30% of the water that flows out of taps in Southern California comes from Northern California via the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. California WaterFix would modernize the state’s water delivery system by building three new water intakes in the northern Delta and two tunnels to carry water to the existing aqueduct systems in the southern Delta.


Cardno acquires SureSearch

Cardno (Brisbane, Australia) announced the acquisition of SureSearch (Sydney, Australia), a utility location and management business that employs 52 staff. SureSearch was founded in 2006 and has expertise in underground utility location, mapping management, and non-destructive excavation. “SureSearch will further strengthen Cardno’s existing expertise in utility management, survey, infrastructure design, geospatial services and project management,” said Cardno CEO and Managing Director Andy Goodwin.