EBJ News for February 14 2020- Onshore Wind Industry

EBJ News for February 14, 2020 – The following section highlights the latest stories in the Environmental Industry. Includes highlights of the onshore wind industry.

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Tetra Tech reports record first quarter results

Tetra Tech Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.) reported record performance for the first quarter ended December 29, 2019, including net revenue of $614 million, up 11% year-over-year, and backlog of $3.17 billion, a 13% increase. Chairman and CEO Dan Batrack observed continuing strong demand across end markets for consulting services focused on water, environment, renewable energy, and sustainable infrastructure. In an earnings call, Batrack highlighted two areas representing significant growth opportunities for Tetra Tech in 2020: the U.S. federal government and sustainable high-performance buildings. “We’ve been investing in growing a high-performance buildings practice into our global operation now for the last few years, and we today have a practice with $250 million in annual revenues that operates worldwide. Our goal, pretty simply, is to double this again to $500 million through a combination of organic and acquisitive growth.”

Jacobs awarded PFAS treatment testing contract

Jacobs (Dallas) has been selected by the Orange County Water District (OCWD) to provide treatment-testing support services for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). California has established notification levels for PFOA and PFOS (two of the most common PFAS) at 5.1 and 6.5 ng/L (parts per trillion) respectively, which are some of the most stringent standards in the country. The goal of the pilot program is to help retail water agencies in Orange County determine the best available PFAS treatment methods. Jacobs and OCWD will test various granular activated carbon and ion exchange products, in addition to novel adsorbents.

Aptim wins $80 million USACE award for remediation

Aptim Federal Services LLC (Alexandria, Va.) has been awarded an $80 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for environmental remediation and response actions in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District. Work has an estimated completion date of February 2027. APTIM is a global provider of integrated maintenance services, environmental engineering and remediation, infrastructure EPC services, program management, and disaster response and recovery.


CDM Smith invests in employees

CDM Smith (Boston, Mass.) has launched an internal Leadership Academy with development tracks for every member of the firm, as well as specialty programs for “people leaders and succession prep.” Chairman and CEO Tim Wall noted, “This is an investment in all employees, from young new leaders to seasoned senior leaders and everyone in between…. When you are committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented staff in the industry, you have to offer them rewarding and enriching careers, not just jobs. Our new Leadership Academy is a reflection of that commitment.”

Wood Mackenzie forecasts prospects for offshore wind

The possibility of offshore wind becoming cheaper than coal, gas and nuclear in most major countries is a question of when rather than if, according to energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie (Edinburgh, U.K.). With a diverse 314 GW global offshore wind portfolio to tap into and cumulative offshore wind capacity expected to increase more than seven-fold by 2028, the industry is set for a strong decade ahead. Offshore wind will constitute 25% of total wind demand in 2028, up from 10% in 2019, and will narrow the gap with offshore upstream oil and gas in terms of capital expenditure deployment, Wood Mackenzie reported. However, for offshore wind “to go global and become a mainstream source of electricity, more governments need to offer a clear and stable route to market.” Currently only nine countries have regulatory frameworks.


Cox|McLain acquires cultural resources firm Prewitt

Cox|McLain Environmental Consulting Inc. (CMEC) has acquired Prewitt and Associates Inc. Both firms are headquartered in Austin, Texas. CMEC has an existing staff of more than 60 biologists, wetland ecologists, planners, GIS specialists, archeologists, architectural historians, etc. With the addition of eight professionals from Prewitt, CMEC’s newly combined cultural resources program will house 15 archeologists and seven historians. Founded in 1979, Prewitt was one of the first private firms in Texas to focus on archeological and historical research in service of regulatory compliance for infrastructure development. “Over the last 10 years, we’ve built one of the largest cultural resource management programs in the region, and we are thrilled to further increase capacity and expand our expertise,” said CMEC President Ashley McLain.

Onshore wind expected to reach maturity this decade

In contrast to offshore wind, Wood Mackenzie expects the global onshore wind industry to reach maturity in the 2020s, with constraints on technology innovation on the horizon for onshore turbines. “While further cost reductions could occur… the low hanging fruit has already been picked. Additional reductions will be marginal and dependent on the extended value chain as turbines reach maturity,” Wood Mackenzie reported, noting that a final round of consolidation among turbine manufacturers is already underway. If regional giants fall prey to global corporations, “it is feasible that 98% of the western wind market will fall under the control of three companies.” Transmission investment will be a key to changing market growth trajectory.


Atkins awarded extension of its architect engineer role for ITER

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group (Montreal, Canada), has been awarded a five-year extension for its role as Architect Engineer for ITER, the international fusion energy project. Atkins is responsible for the design and construction oversight of all the site’s buildings, services and infrastructure under construction in the south of France. Thirty-five nations are collaborating at ITER to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy.

Hepaco makes fifth acquisition in environmental services

Hepaco LLC (Charlotte, N.C.), a provider of environmental and emergency response services across 45 offices in the Eastern United States, has acquired Evergreen AES Environmental Services (Shelbyville, Ky.) from founder Jerry McCandless, Kendrick McCandless, and President Jennifer Lanham who will continue to hold a minority position. Founded in 1986, Evergreen AES is a regional provider of remediation, emergency response and environmental services operating from four locations in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and West Virginia. Hepaco is majority owned by Gryphon Investors. The combined company will have nearly 850 employees.


EA Engineering awarded Maryland environmental contract

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc., PBC (Hunt Valley, Md.) has been awarded a contract by the Maryland Environmental Service to perform engineering and environmental services supporting projects under the Dredged Material Management Program for the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA). The contract has an initial term of two years with a maximum value of $4 million. However, an option for three additional two-year terms with a maximum value of $2 million each represents a potential contract value of $10 million. The contract includes environmental planning and assessment, site investigation and remediation, and support for dredging and coastal engineering, in addition to reuse projects and other services.


EA Engineering wins NAVFAC remediation contract

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc. (Hunt Valley, Md.) has been awarded a maximum $36.8 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for long-term monitoring, operations and maintenance, and environmental remediation services for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest. Work includes a full range of environmental services for Navy installations throughout the Northwest area of operations. More than three quarters of the work will be at installations in Washington State, the U.S. Department of Defense reported. The contract has an expected completion date of July 31, 2025.

EES acquires Abilene Celex

Energy and Environmental Services Inc. (EES, Oklahoma City) has acquired all the membership interests of Abilene Celex Services LLC, a Texas-based oilfield chemical provider, for $325,000. Estimated pro forma combined revenues for 2019 would be approximately $9.5 million, with Celex contributing about $700,000 to that revenue amount after adjusting for intercompany transactions. Acquiring Celex continues EES’s key initiative to gain market share through mergers and acquisitions. This strategic acquisition will allow EES to manufacture field-ready products for Celex in its Snyder, Texas plant, contributing to the ROI associated with the purchase, according to a company press release.

Golder review helps Kosovo wind farm reach financial closure

Golder Associates (Palm Beach, Fla.) announced playing an instrumental part in completing the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment review for the Bajgora wind farm in Kosovo, bringing the project to the standard required by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Erste Group and NLB Group. The project reached financial closure at the end of 2019 as the senior debt which totals €115 million (70% of the total project cost) was granted, according to Golder. In a very short period, Golder prepared supplementary studies, coordinating a team of local and international experts, as well as all environmental management plans required. The Bajgora wind farm consists of three adjacent wind power projects in northern Kosovo designed to generate 105 MW of clean energy.

UES announces merger with GFA International

Universal Engineering Sciences (UES, Orlando, Fla.) has acquired GFA International (Delray Beach, Fla.), a company providing core services complementary to UES, including geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, construction materials testing and inspections, building code compliance, and facilities consulting. The combined company has 26 offices and more than 1,200 professionals serving the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

NV5 wins $6-million environmental pipeline contract

NV5 Global Inc. (Hollywood, Fla.) has been awarded a contract to provide environmental consulting and inspection services for the replacement of 61 miles of aging natural gas pipeline infrastructure in Ohio and West Virginia. NV5 will document compliance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) certificate; federal, state, and local permits and approvals; and the environmental commitments in project-specific plans and landowner agreements. The contract is valued at approximately $6 million.

SLR acquires Milone & MacBroom

SLR Consulting (Aylesbury, UK) has acquired Milone & MacBroom Inc. (MMI, Cheshire, Conn.), a 185-person East Coast consulting firm with seven offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. SLR and MMI’s combined team in the United States of over 400 professionals will now offer a complete range of advisory, environmental and engineering services. Over the past year, SLR and MMI have collaborated on opportunities in the United States and Canada in areas including remediation, due diligence assessment, and redevelopment activities for complex sites. This is SLR’s sixth acquisition in just over 12 months. SLR is a UK environmental and advisory consultancy with U.S. operations based out of Bothell, Wash.

U.S. recovered fiber exports suffer record decline

U.S. scrap plastic exports continued to fall substantially in 2019 and recovered fiber exports had their largest year-over-year decline on record, according to a February 6 article in Resource Recycling online citing U.S. Census Bureau data. Exports of recovered fiber including cardboard, mixed paper, newsprint and more dropped over 13% to 18.1 million tons last year. The decline was driven by the knock-on effect of China’s National Sword import policy. U.S. fiber exports actually increased from 2017 to 2018 because other countries, particularly in Southeast Asia, imported more material to offset declines from China, the article noted. But last year India, Indonesia, South Korea and other markets reduced fiber imports from the United States, with many now having rolled out their own import restrictions.

Green and sustainability bonds forecast at $400 billion in 2020

Green, social and sustainability bond issuance is set to climb 24% to $400 billion this year, according to a report by Moody’s Investors Service (New York, N.Y.). “Across the financial sector, market participants are increasingly integrating environmental, social and governance considerations and sustainability,” said Matthew Kuchtyak, an analyst at Moody’s. “Governments and regulators are also providing greater structure and clarity to the sustainable finance market as their focus on climate change and sustainability grows.” Green bond issuance will reach $300 billion in 2020, while social and sustainability bond issuance will reach $25 billion and $75 billion, respectively.

Arcadis acquires Over Morgen

Arcadis (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) has acquired Over Morgen, a Dutch consultancy with 80 employees focused on creating sustainable societies through an integrated approach that combines area development and energy transition. “Together we will be able to respond even more effectively to the challenges our clients face around major trends in the world such as energy transition and climate adaption,” said Peter Oosterveer, Arcadis CEO.


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