EBJ News September 25, 2018

September 25, 2018: Biosolids and biogas


PC Construction, Stantec, and Hazen and Sawyer selected for Piscataway bio-energy facility
The design-build team of PC Construction, Stantec, and Hazen and Sawyer has been selected to design and construct the first phase of Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s (WSSC) $250 million Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility Bio-Energy Project in Maryland. The facility is projected to help save WSSC customers approximately $3 million per year while expanding the commission’s green energy capabilities. The Piscataway project will convert wastewater biosolids into renewable biogas, which will be used by combined heat and power (CHP) engines to help power the facility. A portion of the biogas will supplement the local community’s energy supply. This innovative technology is expected to reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by 15%, and will be among the first to incorporate an advanced thermal hydrolysis process.


Gannett Fleming expands water services with KEH acquisition
Global infrastructure firm Gannett Fleming (Harrisburg, Pa.) has acquired the assets of KEH & Associates Inc., a water and wastewater engineering firm based in Southern California. KEH is known for large pump station and pipeline design, treatment facility design, operations support, and program management services, in addition to water reclamation and reuse programs for the public sector. “This acquisition creates a national water team with a depth of knowledge few other firms can match,” Gannett Fleming said. Formed in 2006, KEH has offices in San Diego and Ventura counties.


Tetra Tech wins $60 million in water resources work
Tetra Tech Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.) has been awarded a $60 million, multiple-award engineering services contract by the County of Los Angeles to provide planning and technical support for its Water Resource Core Services Area projects, including flood hazard mitigation, water reuse and supply management, and drinking water well design. Under the three-year contract, Tetra Tech will plan and design the capture, retention and conveyance of stormwater, surface water, and recycled water. Tetra Tech will also develop integrated water management plans, conduct flood and storm surge studies, floodplain mapping, dam and levee studies, groundwater investigations, and feasibility studies for flood control projects. The work will include plans and technical oversight for drilling drinking water wells.


Lagoon Water Solutions and Macquarie develop water midstream infrastructure business
Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP, New York, N.Y.) will invest in Lagoon Water Solutions Holdings LLC (Oklahoma City) to fund growth. Founded in 2017, Lagoon Water Solutions works with oilfield producers to reduce their operating costs by providing reliable and efficient water midstream infrastructure. MIP has committed up to $500 million to support growth in the STACK, SCOOP, and other basins. Initial investment capital will focus on the expansion of Lagoon’s assets serving Anadarko Basin producers. Lagoon will have more than 350,000 barrels of water per day of disposal capacity across 17 facilities and over 150 miles of water gathering pipeline by the end of 2018. “Lagoon represents a unique opportunity to invest in a successful operator in the STACK and to build the leading water midstream company in the mid-continent region,” said Karl Kuchel, CEO of MIP.


GHD and Jacobs partner on Australia’s Inland Rail program
A joint venture between GHD (Sydney, Australia) and Jacobs (Dallas) has been engaged by the Australian Rail Track Corporation to deliver a feasibility study and environmental impact assessment for the Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) section of Inland Rail, one of Australia’s largest rail infrastructure projects. The 1700-kilometer project will link Melbourne and Brisbane via Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. N2N is the longest section of Inland Rail, comprising approximately 300 kilometres of new track through a “greenfield” environment. The feasibility and environmental work will help to define a preferred alignment within the approved study area.


Utility solar procurement booms as residential market stabilizes in Q2 2018
Despite a tumultuous few quarters in the U.S. solar industry since the government last year began considering tariffs on imported solar modules and cells, utility solar project procurement soared in Q2 2018 as component prices declined, according to the Solar Energy Industries Assn. (SEIA). Home solar installations in Q2 steadied after a 15% contraction last year. The latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the SEIA found that Q2 2018 was the first quarter where data clearly showed that tariffs took a bite out of the solar market, with some projects canceled or delayed. However, an acceleration of solar deployment has been forecasted for the second half of 2018. “Once lower-than-expected module tariffs were announced in January 2018, developers and utilities began announcing new projects,” Wood Mackenzie Senior Analyst Colin Smith reported. “As we move toward 2019, we expect to see continued procurement growth as developers look to secure projects they can bring online before the investment tax credit (ITC) steps down to 10 percent in 2022.” Module prices are at their second lowest mark in history even with the addition of a 30 percent tariff, the report said.


Haley & Aldrich opens new offices in Atlanta and Richmond
Haley & Aldrich (Burlington, Mass.), an engineering and environmental consulting firm, announced two new office locations in Atlanta, Ga. and Richmond, Va. Earlier this year, Haley & Aldrich and its joint venture partner Jacobsen|Daniels were awarded a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract to assist the City of Atlanta, Department of Aviation in developing a comprehensive sustainability and asset management program at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Haley & Aldrich’s new Richmond office will provide environmental, compliance and engineering services for its growing client base in the energy, general manufacturing, industrial asset management, infrastructure, and mining industries.


Port of LA awarded $41 million for zero emissions hydrogen-fuel-cell-electric freight project
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has preliminarily awarded $41 million to the Port of Los Angeles for the Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) project. The total project cost for this initial phase is $82.6 million, with partners providing around half in match funding. The project will include 10 zero-emissions heavy-duty hydrogen fuel-cell-electric trucks, two new heavy-duty hydrogen fuel stations, and four zero-emissions cargo handling equipment. Proposed with support from Toyota, Kenworth, and Shell, ZANZEFF provides a large-scale “shore to store” plan and a hydrogen fuel-cell-electric technology framework for freight facilities to structure operations for future goods movement.


Clean Earth acquires Disposal and Recycling
Clean Earth Inc. (Hatboro, Pa.), a national specialty waste disposal and recycling company, announced the acquisition of Disposal and Recycling Technologies Inc. (DART, Charlotte, N.C.) including a RCRA Part B Hazardous Waste TSDF in Charlotte, N.C. and wastewater treatment facility in Detroit. DART also performs on-site wastewater treatment and remediation services. The acquisition expands Clean Earth’s geographical reach in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic hazardous and non-hazardous waste market and gives Clean Earth its first wastewater treatment facility. Clean Earth ranked number 53 on Engineering News Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms of 2018. Also in 2018, Clean Earth has acquired ESMI Companies, (thermal desorption technology for remediation, recycling, and beneficial reuse) and MKC Enterprises Inc. (hazardous waste RCRA Part B facility).


Aclima air quality mapping to join Google street vehicles
Google and Aclima (San Francisco), a company that maps air quality and climate emissions block by block, announced plans to integrate Aclima’s mobile sensing platform into Google’s global fleet of Street View vehicles starting with 50 cars. Google Maps Street View cars will be equipped with Aclima’s mobile sensor node, which will generate snapshots of carbon dioxide and other pollutants while the cars routinely collect Street View imagery. This snapshot data will be aggregated and made available on Google BigQuery to advance air quality science and research.


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