Field Notes--Asia

Australia: The UK-based Hyder Consulting strengthened its environmental sustainability capabilities in Australia by acquiring the business and assets of Nolan-ITU Consulting, an environmental consultancy operating in Victoria and New South Wales.

Australia: The UK-based Hyder Consulting strengthened its environmental sustainability capabilities in Australia by acquiring the business and assets of Nolan-ITU Consulting, an environmental consultancy operating in Victoria and New South Wales.

Established in 1995, Nolan-ITU provides strategic advice on environmental issues and sustainable development to clients in the public and private sectors. Key areas of business focus include sustainability consulting, catchment management, waste management and technology and packaging management.

The Nolan-ITU team of approximately 20 staff will join the existing environmental teams operating in New South Wales and Victoria. Tim Wade, Chief Executive of Hyder Consulting commented, "The acquisition furthers our strategy of identifying consultancies with high-end skills, which complement our own, and companies, which we believe, will thrive under the Hyder Consulting brand. Hyder Consulting now employs approximately 600 people across offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Hyder employs more than 3,000 people worldwide.

China: The International Water Association is focusing on the theme of “Sustainable Water Management Practices” for its 5th World Water Congress and Exhibition, which will be held in Beijing, China, on 10-14 September 2006. More than 4,000 people are expected to participate in the congress and exhibition over five days. The Programme Committee expects more than 2,000 papers to be reviewed starting in September 2005.

The technical program includes seven themes, which are further divided into specific topics: Drinking Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Integrated Water Resources and River Basin Management, Operating Water and Wastewater Systems, Health and the Environment, Appropriate and Non-Conventional Wastewater Systems, and Strategic Management of Water in Urban Areas.

The IWA’s previous Congress, held last year in Marrakech, Morrocco, included 400 platform presentations, 150 short platform presentations and 400 posters. For information on the event, visit the website: http://www.iwa2006beijing.com.

Pakistan: DHA Cogen Ltd. awarded a contract to Alfa Laval, a Danish company that specializes in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling, for a desalination facility that includes two multiple effect desalination units with a total capacity of 14 million liters per day. Final delivery of the equipment will be during the second half of 2006.

This project is the nation’s first major desalination project for drinking water supply. The demand for additional freshwater sources to facilitate further expansion and development of housing areas in Karachi is driving the project. A local development housing area will use the water.

Alfa Laval manufactures freshwater generators and seawater desalination units, which convert seawater into freshwater by vacuum distillation for the supply of high quality freshwater for domestic and process use.

For more information, visit www.alfalaval.com.

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