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EBI News for June 14, 2023 – AECOM to oversee expansion of green hydrogen facility in France

EBI News for June 14, 2023 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, AECOM to oversee expansion of green hydrogen facility in France, acquisitions, and more!

AECOM to oversee expansion of green hydrogen facility in France

AECOM (Dallas) has been appointed to deliver the expansion of The Chemours Company’s green hydrogen production facility in northern France. The expansion will allow Chemours to increase capacity and advance its Nafion Ion Exchange materials platform, a key component for electrolysers to produce green hydrogen. AECOM has previously undertaken similar project management services for Chemours in the United States. According to AECOM, its appointment further solidifies the firm’s status as a leading partner in the development of green hydrogen. Earlier this year, AECOM announced a strategic agreement with Spanish infrastructure group URBAS to develop green hydrogen, green ammonia, and biofuels projects. 


AEC-Weston wins support contract under Federal Orphaned Well Program 

AEC-Weston JV LLC will provide environmental assessment services nationwide to help the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Department of the Interior agencies deal with abandoned oil and gas wells. Support work under this new IDIQ contract includes NEPA compliance, soil surveys, well and site investigations, air quality monitoring, environmental testing, and reclamation of orphaned well sites across the United States. As part of the joint venture, Weston Solutions Inc. (West Chester, Pa.) will provide overall program management, field assessment teams, data analysis, site investigation and recommendations for reclamation or remedial actions. The contract gives Weston the opportunity to expand its current orphaned well environmental assessment services in Arizona and Colorado across the United States.


Acquisition strengthens SWCA’s position as strategic advisor

SWCA Environmental Consultants (Phoenix, Ariz.) has acquired ALO Advisors LLC (Bradenton, Fla.), an international management-consulting firm focused on sustainability advisory services. ALO Advisors has a team of 20 employees in the United States, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden, and affiliates in more than 50 countries. “This is truly a watershed moment for SWCA. By combining the strengths of SWCA and ALO Advisors, we have an incredible opportunity to drive greater positive environmental and social impact around the world,” said Joseph J. Fluder, III, CEO and president of SWCA. “Together, we will provide end-to-end, full lifecycle support to our clients from strategy to science to implementation.” ALO serves some of the world’s largest food, beverage, and consumer product companies, in addition to clients in private equity, insurance, technology, medical devices, and other industries. 


TRC acquires GNA, adding sustainable transportation solutions

TRC Companies Inc. (Windsor, Conn.) announced the acquisition of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA, Santa Monica, Calif.), a consulting firm specializing in low- and zero-emission transportation technologies, infrastructure, and ultra-low carbon fuels for commercial transportation. According to TRC, during the past 30 years GNA has managed the design and development of more clean-fleet projects than any other firm in North America, fueled by the firm’s grant-writing and management team. The acquisition “expands our Climate Solutions offering and helps us accelerate the zero-emission vehicle transition,” said Christopher Vincze, chairman and CEO of TRC.


Barr welcomes Exponential Engineering

Barr Engineering Co. (Minneapolis, Minn.) has been joined by the staff of Exponential Engineering Company (Fort Collins, Colo.), expanding both firms’ power delivery services. Exponential Engineering serves rural electric associations, municipalities, and industrial facilities; its expertise centers on substations, transmission and distribution, microgrid, interconnection, protective relay and SCADA design, in addition to power-system modeling and analysis. Barr, an employee-owned company with 1,000 staff, provides integrated engineering and environmental services from 14 offices across North America. Exponential’s staff will continue to serve clients from its offices in Fort Collins and Wheat Ridge, collaborating with Barr employees in Colorado, the Intermountain West region, and across North America.


Burns & McDonnell launches environmental services group in UK

Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City, Mo.) has launched an Environmental Services (ENS) Group in the UK. The ENS team will help solve problems and mitigate risks related to environmental planning and consents, assessment, and design and construction, in addition to advising on remediation, environmental compliance, waste management, climate change adaptation, stakeholder engagement, and sustainability and carbon management. The focus will be on infrastructure projects. The ENS UK team will be supported by Burns & McDonnell’s global network of specialists in environmental services, including over 550 credentialed professionals in the United States. 


Aspect Consulting joins Geosyntec in water-related acquisition

Aspect Consulting (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), an earth science and engineering consulting firm, has joined the Geosyntec (Boca Raton, Fla.) family of companies. The partnership reflects a shared vision for growing water supply and resilience, environmental, and geotechnical practices in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Founded in 2001, Aspect has more than 130 hydrogeologists, geologists, and water resource, environmental, and geotechnical engineers who operate in the Pacific Northwest and western United States. Work includes water resource consultation, stormwater management, geotechnical engineering, data management and mapping, and management of complex environmental projects for public- and private sector clients. Geosyntec has been serving clients from offices in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington for more than 20 years.


Acquisition of Doucet & Associates boosts Kleinfelder’s growth in Texas

The Kleinfelder Group Inc. (San Diego, Calif.), an engineering, design, construction management, and environmental professional services firm, has acquired Doucet & Associates, Inc. (Austin, Texas), strengthening its client and service portfolio in Texas. Founded in 1992, Doucet provides civil engineering, environmental permitting, surveying, and construction management services. Doucet consists of over 110 professionals across six offices in Texas and will be incorporated into Kleinfelder’s Central Division business unit. Doucet’s organizational structure will remain unchanged.


Tetra Tech awarded £60M water asset management contract

Scottish Water, Scotland’s publicly owned water utility, has awarded Tetra Tech Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.) a £60-million single-award contract to provide comprehensive asset management services. Scottish Water delivers water and wastewater services through 60,000 miles of pipes and more than 2,000 treatment works. Under this eight-year contract, Tetra Tech will inspect, analyze, and report on the condition of more than 2,500 assets annually with a focus on digital solutions to optimize collection and analysis and enabling Scottish Water to prioritize maintenance and investment decisions.


New Jersey home to North America’s largest floating solar array

New Jersey is now home to the largest floating solar array in North America, according to New Jersey American Water. Consisting of 16,510 solar panels, the 8.9-megawatt (MW) solar array covers 17 acres of the Canoe Brook reservoir in Short Hills, N.J. The clean energy generated is enough to power 1,400 homes annually and will provide approximately 95% of the power needs for New Jersey American Water’s Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant. Owned and operated by NJR Clean Energy Ventures, the renewable energy subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, the array uses an innovative racking system that enables the panels to float on water. “Floating solar technology creates new opportunities for underutilized bodies of water, allowing space that would otherwise sit vacant to enable large-scale renewable energy generation,” said Robert Pohlman, VP of NJR Clean Energy Ventures.


Trihydro strengthens civil engineering services through Ridgepoint acquisition

Trihydro Corporation (Laramie, Wyo.), a national engineering and environmental consulting firm, has acquired Ridgepoint Consulting (Sheridan, Wyo.), a civil engineering consulting firm. The acquisition demonstrates Trihydro’s ongoing commitment to the Rocky Mountain region and enhances its ability to provide infrastructure, civil engineering, and construction administration services to clients. Ridgepoint’s expertise is expected to complement and strengthen Trihydro’s existing services in the region, particularly in northern Wyoming, southern Montana, and South Dakota. Ridgepoint’s team will join Trihydro’s Sheridan office.


Liberty Environmental acquires Frey Engineering

Liberty Environmental Inc. (Reading, Pa.) announced the acquisition of Frey Engineering LLC (Lebanon, N.J.) as part of its strategy to extend its service areas, increase its workforce, and acquire new technical capabilities. Frey Engineering is an environmental engineering and consulting firm that has been serving clients in New Jersey and surrounding areas for over two decades. Founded in 2004, Liberty is an environmental consulting and engineering firm with a staff of geologists, environmental and water resources engineers, wetlands biologists, hazardous materials managers, auditors, and specialists in aquatic habitats, regulatory compliance, air quality permitting, and real estate due diligence. The acquisition increases Liberty Environmental’s capability to serve clients in New Jersey and the New York City metropolitan area.


New partnership to improve global flood and climate change risk awareness

Mott MacDonald (Croydon, UK) is partnering with Fathom (Bristol, UK), a flood risk intelligence firm, to deliver improved assessments for infrastructure projects. The deal gives Mott MacDonald access to additional state-of-the-art flood risk data sets, strengthening its flood hazard and risk modeling. “In many parts of the world, the absence of open access high-resolution flooding data becomes a blocker for the delivery of projects. This partnership will enable our clients to better consider the potential impacts of flooding on the integrity and performance of their infrastructure, as well as the safety of communities,” said David Ocio, climate resilience technical director at Mott MacDonald.

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