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EBI News for November 16, 2022 – GHD selected for Canada’s largest remediation project

EBI News for November 16, 2022 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, GHD selected for Canada’s largest remediation project, acquisitions, and more!

Tetra Tech awarded $47.6M “de-mining” project in Ukraine

The U.S. Department of State announced an award of $47.6 million to Tetra Tech Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.) to provide de-mining assistance to Ukraine. Tetra Tech will strengthen the Government of Ukraine’s capacity to locate and remove landmines, unexploded and abandoned ordnance, and other explosive hazards from civilian areas. This project forms part of the $91.5 million in de-mining assistance that the Department will provide over the coming year to help the Government of Ukraine.


Group14 awarded $100M DOE grant with HDR support

Global manufacturer and supplier of advanced silicon battery technology, Group14 Technologies (Woodinville, Wash.), with support from HDR (Omaha, Neb.), was awarded $100 million by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the first set of projects funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Group14 will leverage the funding to build two 2,000-ton-per-year commercial manufacturing modules for its second domestic commercial-scale battery active materials factory, BAM-2. HDR assisted with the grant application while serving as the project’s owner’s engineer.


Stantec delivers record Q3 results and backlog

Stantec (Edmonton, Alberta) reported net revenue in the third quarter 2022 of C$1.2 billion, up 24% over the third quarter 2021 on the strength of 11% organic growth and 13% acquisition growth. Every regional and business operating unit delivered organic growth, most notably in United States and Global and in Water and Energy & Resources, where organic growth was in the double digits for the quarter. Environmental service “continued to have a very strong year with over 9% organic growth and a 47% net revenue increase overall,” according to an earnings call transcript. Backlog at the end of September 30, 2022 reached an all-time high of $6.2 billion, driven primarily by organic growth of 15% since December 31, 2021. 


TSA awards Leidos follow-on hazmat services contract

Leidos (Reston, Va.) has been awarded a follow-on prime contract by the Transportation Security Administration to continue providing hazardous materials management and disposal services at more than 430 federalized airports. The single-award, firm fixed-price contract holds an approximate value of $55 million. It includes a nine-month base period of performance followed by four one-year option periods.


Atlas reports strong third quarter 

Atlas Technical Consultants Inc. (Austin, Texas) announced gross revenue grew 17% versus the prior year period to $162.1 million, including 10% organic growth in the third quarter 2022. Revenue, excluding subcontractor costs, grew 15%. “Our third quarter results were strong across the board and included record revenue, margin performance, and backlog. These results are a testament to the success of our growth strategy and strong market demand for professional services across the infrastructure and environmental end-markets we serve,” said L. Joe Boyer, Atlas’ chief executive officer. “Spending in our core infrastructure and environmental markets is expected to continue to grow in 2023 and beyond, with additional support from major government spending initiatives.” 


WEC, Burns & McDonnell and EPRI complete hydrogen power test 

WEC Energy Group (Milwaukee, Wis.) and nonprofit energy institute EPRI announced successfully blending hydrogen in a natural gas generator. The demo project is the first hydrogen power test of a utility-scale, grid-connected reciprocating engine generator in the world, according to a post by Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City, Mo.), which participated in the project. Hydrogen and natural gas were tested in blends up to 25/75 percent by volume to power one of the reciprocating engine generating units that serves customers of a WEC Energy Group subsidiary. Testing was performed on an 18-megawatt unit that uses a technology known as RICE — reciprocating internal combustion engines. “As the energy industry strives to reach its carbon reduction goals, hydrogen is [an] emerging pivotal fuel source for utilities seeking to decarbonize their existing power generation assets,” said Todd Sundbom, vice president at Burns & McDonnell. 


Parsons awarded $28M PFAS task order

Parsons Corporation (Centreville, Va.) announced that it has been selected to conduct remedial investigations and feasibility studies at Army National Guard Facilities where PFAS releases have occurred. The $28-million, firm-fixed-price, eight-and-a-half-year contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District. Under this task order, Parsons is planning to investigate the nature of PFAS impacts at 16 Army National Guard installations in 12 states, with options to add five additional installations. 


GHD selected for Canada’s largest remediation project

GHD (Sydney, Australia) in partnership with Bird Construction is proceeding with early work on a multiyear task order under the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) Master Construction Contract by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL). The project is being implemented by CNL on behalf of Atomic Energy of Canada. The PHAI is the largest active environmental remediation project in Canada, according to GHD, involving the cleanup of more than 1.2 million cubic meters of legacy low-level radioactive waste from more than 1,000 industrial, institutional and residential properties. GHD is serving as environment consultant for project leader Bird Construction.


Airly secures new $5.5M funding round

Cleantech startup Airly (Kraków, Poland) announced a $5.5 million Series A funding round led by firstminute capital and Pi Labs with participation from existing investors including Sir Richard Branson Family Office. This brings Airly’s total funding to $8.8 million since March 2021. Airly offers a comprehensive SaaS solution for air quality monitoring and control; its proprietary, low-cost distributed sensor network delivers “hyper-local” real-time air quality data. Recently, Airly announced launching the largest air-quality monitoring network in Europe by installing 165 sensors in Warsaw. According to the company, its studies have proven that cities with a dense network of air quality sensors are achieving faster reduction in air pollution. 


LA County awards NV5 $6M environmental contract

NV5 Global Inc. (Hollywood, Fla.) has been awarded a $6-million contract by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works to provide environmental compliance services for infrastructure and facility projects across the county. The Department is responsible for providing infrastructure and essential services to more than 10 million people. Under the five-year contract, NV5 will provide environmental site assessments, remediation management and environmental compliance support.


Clean Harbors announces Q3 2022 financial results

Clean Harbors Inc. (Norwell, Mass.), a provider of environmental and industrial services, reported third quarter revenue growth of 43% to $1.36 billion “driven by strong demand” and the addition of HydroChemPSC, an industrial cleaning and specialty infrastructure services company. Clean Harbors’ Environmental Services revenues increased 46% year-over-year, its incinerator network utilization rose to 86% in the quarter up from 82% a year ago, and average incineration pricing was up 10%. Landfill volumes increased 38% as the firm continued to capture remediation and waste projects. Clean Harbors’ Safety-Kleen Environmental revenue grew 23%, while Safety-Kleen Sustainability Solutions (SKSS), an oil, solvent and chemical recycling and re-refining business formed two years ago, grew revenues 34% in the third quarter.


SNC-Lavalin continues floodplain mapping for North Carolina

SNC-Lavalin (Montreal, Canada) has been reselected to continue providing floodplain-mapping services for the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management. Under the new three-year contract, worth up to US$30 million, the company will support the State’s floodplain mapping program to enhance preparedness and resiliency related to water and non-water hazards. Support related to emergency preparedness and response may also be provided.

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