Black & Veatch secures projects, awards in Asia Pacific region

Black & Veatch announced that the company recently won several awards and secured approximately US$ 34m of major new projects in the growing Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong water markets. The company more than tripled the annual revenues of its water business in the Asia Pacific region during 2007 to approximately US$ 170m. In Singapore, Black & Veatch has been appointed to undertake consulting engineering services for the Jurong Membrane Bioreactor Plant (MBR)...

• Projects in Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong fuel regional expansion

SINGAPORE, June 24, 2008 -- Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, announced that the company recently won several awards and secured approximately US$ 34m of major new projects in the growing Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong water markets.

The company more than tripled the annual revenues of its water business in the Asia Pacific region during 2007 to approximately US$ 170m.

"As we continued to implement some of the most complex and sustainable water engineering projects in the region, our Asia Pacific business saw significant growth in 2007," said Dan McCarthy, President and CEO of Black & Veatch's global water business. "This was a result of capitalizing on opportunities and efficiency improvements we made in Singapore and Hong Kong SAR, and further expansion into the Australian water market."

In Singapore, Black & Veatch has been appointed to undertake consulting engineering services for the Jurong Membrane Bioreactor Plant (MBR). With a capacity of 68 million litres per day (68 MLD or 15 million gallons per day), the plant will be the largest MBR facility in Singapore and one of the largest in the region.

Also in Singapore, SembCorp Utilities appointed Black & Veatch to carry out full engineering design services for the Changi NEWater Plant. The 228 MLD plant will be the fifth and largest NEWater plant in Singapore and incorporates a unique design that reduces land use and minimizes construction costs.

Stage 1A of the Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant in Australia will receive an honour award at the Regional IWA Project Innovation Awards luncheon and ceremony that will take place in Singapore on 26 June as part of the Singapore International Water Week.

Since November 2006, Black & Veatch and joint-venture partner Thiess have been working in partnership with Western Corridor Recycled Water Pty Ltd and the Queensland Government's Department of Infrastructure and Planning on the design, construction and commissioning of a 66 MLD plant at Bundamba. The plant will deliver purified recycled water to the drought stricken areas of Southeast Queensland ensuring secure water supplies for the foreseeable future. Stage 1B was completed and commissioned in April.

"By committing local staff and our integrated global workforce to these projects, we have been able to meet the advanced technology and project delivery needs of our clients in the region," McCarthy said.

In April in London, Global Water Intelligence named Stage 1A of the Bundamba AWTP the 2007 Global Water Project of the Year. "We're pleased that the Bundamba plant continues to receive recognition around the world," McCarthy said. "It was a remarkable achievement to deliver a world-class recycled water facility in only 10 months with an impeccable safety record."

In Hong Kong SAR, Black & Veatch has secured several key projects, which include the investigation study of expansion of the Tai Po Water Treatment Works from 250 to 1200 MLD; the feasibility study of using the space below a future freight yard to accommodate part of a future biological sewage treatment plant on Stonecutters Island; and investigation, design and construction of village sewerage schemes in the North District, Tseung Kwan O and Tuen Mun of Hong Kong.

Black & Veatch is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets.

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