EBJ News April 5, 2019

April 5, 2019 – Water and Business News


Brown and Caldwell to lead Colorado water study
Environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, Calif.) has been selected by the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District to lead the South Platte Regional Water Development Study. The study will help bring municipal, environmental, and agricultural stakeholders together to manage and utilize water supply more effectively. Initial concepts to be studied include multiple, operationally linked storage facilities for more than 150,000 acre-feet of water, and additional conveyance capacity strategically positioned throughout the basin. Brown and Caldwell will provide project oversight, coordinate a 60-strong stakeholder task force, evaluate agricultural requirements, and lead modeling. The multi-disciplinary team includes Stantec, Leonard Rice Engineers, and Sigler Communications. South Platte River Basin is home to most of Colorado’s population, which is expected to expand by an additional three million residents by 2050.

WSP Global announces strong 2018 results
WSP Global Inc. (Montreal, Canada) announced strong financial and operating results for the fiscal year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018, with revenues totaling $7,908.1 million in 2018, up 13.9% compared to 2017. Fourth quarter revenues rose 4.6%. The results mark “the culmination of WPS’s 2015-2018 Global Strategic Plan. Our performance is indicative of the expertise of our talent and leadership, the strength of our diversified model and our capacity to effectively integrate acquisitions, while still delivering strong top-line and bottom-line results,” said Alexandre L’Heureux, president and CEO of WSP. One the goals of WSP’s 2019-2021 Global Strategic Plan is to strengthen its leadership positions in Transportation & Infrastructure and Property & Buildings while growing emerging platforms, including Environment, according to L’Heureux.

Ramboll reports record revenue in 2018
Ramboll (Copenhagen, Denmark) reported its highest ever revenue at DKK 11.4 billion in 2018 compared to DKK 10.7 billion in 2017; organic growth was 7% compared to 2.8% in 2017. Ramboll’s solid growth reflected strong performances in the United States, UK, Norway, Finland and the Middle East and Asia in particular, according to Group CEO Jens-Peter Saul. Ramboll also reported a successful turnaround in the UK, “where we had one of our best years with 19% growth despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.” However, profits were below expectations due to a slowdown in Ramboll’s traditionally strong performing business units such as Sweden, Denmark and its international business unit for Energy; doubling investment in digitalization also contributed. Ramboll’s acquisition of U.S. water, energy and environmental consultancy OBG was not reflected in its 2018 financial figures.

Renewables add 171 GW of generating capacity in 2018
Strong growth in renewable energy capacity continued in 2018 with global additions of 171 gigawatts (GW), according to new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The annual increase of 7.9% was bolstered by additions from solar and wind energy, which accounted for 84% of the growth. IRENA’s annual report, Renewable Capacity Statistics 2019, shows that while Asia accounted for 61% of total new renewable energy installations and grew installed capacity by 11.4%, growth was fastest in Oceania, where capacity rose by 17.7% in 2018. Africa’s 8.4% growth put it in third place just behind Asia. Nearly two-thirds of all new power generation capacity added in 2018 was from renewables, led by emerging and developing economies, the report concluded.

BNY Mellon debuts service to evaluate ESG in investment performance
Global investment company BNY Mellon (New York, N.Y.) has launched a range of reporting tools enabling clients to track portfolio investments based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) principles. According to BNY Mellon, demand for ESG scoring is increasing as ESG-related regulatory requirements, including clauses within the European Union’s Directive on Pensions (IORP II), went into effect starting in January 2019. Clients will be able to view total ESG and UNGC scores on equities at the account level and at the company level, providing an assessment of sustainability.

B&V publishes water and wastewater rate survey
Black & Veatch Management Consulting (Overland Park, Kansas) has released its 2018-19 50 Largest Cities Water & Wastewater Rate Survey. This ninth edition provides benchmarking data for the top 50 U.S. cities based on population. The survey also takes a deeper look at the ratemaking tools utilities use to build and maintain financial resilience in the face of growing infrastructure demands, regulatory requirements and climate change. “The changing approach to rate structures will play a critical role as cities and utilities plan for the long-term sustainability and resilience of their municipal water systems. This, in turn, will help position our clients to deliver affordable, reliable service to their customers,” said David Mayers, water industry executive with Black & Veatch Management Consulting.

Insituform awarded $10.6 million contract for pipe rehab
Aegion Corporation (St. Louis, Mo.) announced that its subsidiary Insituform Technologies LLC has been awarded a $10.6 million contract from the City of Lawrence, Mass. for the rehabilitation of nearly eight miles of wastewater pipelines in residential, commercial and industrial areas alongside the Merrimack River. Insituform will act as the general contractor managing the installation of its cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) technology. Local subcontractors will perform approximately 60% of the project.

OMNI acquires Force Environmental
OMNI Environmental Solutions (Carencro, La.), a provider of environmental services to energy producers and a portfolio company of One Equity Partners, has acquired Force Environmental Solutions LLC (Indiana, Pa.), a provider of environmental equipment, transportation and services to energy producers in the Northeast. Force Environmental employs 250 workers who provide turnkey services to gas and oil exploration and production companies in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions. One Equity Partners acquired OMNI, formerly known as Gibson U.S. Environmental Services, through a corporate carve-out transaction from Gibson Energy Inc. in July 2018.

DLZ announces acquisition of Johnson & Anderson Engineers
DLZ (Columbus, Ohio) has acquired Johnson & Anderson Engineers (J&A, Waterford Township, Mich.), a company offering municipal, water and wastewater engineering, survey, and construction services for over 70 years. The acquisition is in line with DLZ’s growth strategy to meet increasing demand for civil engineering services in the Michigan region. The acquisition adds 40 professionals and expands DLZ’s presence in Southeast and Western Michigan. Vikram (Raj) Rajadhyaksha, CEO of DLZ, said J&A professionals “bring decades of experience in water resources engineering including MS4 compliance, SCADA, and asset management using CMMS/GIS.”

Tailwater Capital sells Petro Waste Environmental to WM subsidiary
Tailwater Capital LLC (Dallas) announced the sale of Petro Waste Environmental (San Antonio, Texas) to WM Energy Services Holdings LLC, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Waste Management Inc. (Houston). Terms were not disclosed. Petro Waste Environmental, originally funded by Tailwater in 2014, provides oilfield environmental services and solid waste disposal to the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale Play. “Over the last five years, Petro Waste Environmental undertook an unprecedented effort to develop a network of long-lead landfill facilities across the two most prolific shale basins in the U.S. This required extensive regulatory and operational expertise from the management team as well as deep upstream knowledge and commitment from Tailwater to develop strategically located facilities during a volatile period in the oil and gas sector,” said David Cecere, partner at Tailwater Capital and director of Petro Waste Environmental.

Ramboll acquires French climate change consultancy TEC Conseil
The Ramboll Group (Copenhagen, Denmark) has acquired the French climate change consultancy TEC Conseil. Founded in 2001, TEC develops methods to support climate research and climate change adaptation. TEC’s expertise will be integrated with Ramboll’s air quality services. TEC is currently working on projects such as the EU-funded Copernicus Climate Change Service and the Horizon 2020 European framework program. Ramboll now has more than 100 experts in France and 15,000 globally.

Ardurra expands water and wastewater expertise with Design South Professionals
Ardurra Group Inc. (Tampa, Fla.), an Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 500 firm that provides consulting and engineering services, has acquired Design South Professionals Inc. (DSPI), a South Carolina based engineering consulting firm. DSPI serves local and regional agencies and focuses on the water, wastewater, water resources, stormwater and architectural markets. With the addition of DSPI, Ardurra said it expands its strong water/wastewater resume geographically. DSPI will continue to operate from its office in Anderson, S.C.

Willdan to acquire The Weidt Group from EYP
Willdan Group Inc. (Anaheim, Calif.) is acquiring The Weidt Group (Minnetonka, Minn.), the energy practice division of EYP. Weidt is an energy consulting and software development firm specializing in the energy and operational performance of new and existing buildings for utilities. It achieved approximately $14 million in revenue in 2018. “Having built 30-year relationships with utilities in many of the Midwestern states we don’t currently work in, such as Iowa and Minnesota, The Weidt Group will expand our geographic footprint into areas where there is a growing demand for energy efficiency services,” said Tom Brisbin, Willdan’s CEO and chairman.

ChemScan technology strengthens In-Situ’s water and wastewater services
In-Situ Inc. (Fort Collins, Colo.), maker of water level and water quality monitoring equipment, has acquired ChemScan Inc. (Waukesha, Wis.), formerly known as ASA Analytics. The acquisition will expand In-Situ’s capacity to serve process applications including municipal and industrial wastewater, drinking water, and other industrial water process markets. ChemScan specializes in automatic chemical analysis systems for water and wastewater monitoring and control using technology originally developed under contract with NASA. The acquisition of ChemScan, and the previous purchase of the Australian flow-meter manufacturer MACE, position In Situ to become a major competitor in the municipal water, wastewater and industrial process market, In Situ said.


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