Black & Veatch celebrates 20 years of providing water, energy infrastructure in Vietnam

Black & Veatch hosted a special event for government officials, U.S. embassy staff, company clients and business partners in Vietnam to celebrate its 20th year of providing vital water and energy infrastructure in the country...

• Company CEO Len Rodman praises country's economic development progress

HANOI, Vietnam, May 6, 2009 -- Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, today hosted a special event for government officials, U.S. embassy staff, company clients and business partners in Vietnam to celebrate Black & Veatch's 20th year of providing vital water and energy infrastructure in the country.

"Vietnam's commitment to advancing economic development that benefits its residents is reflected in its ongoing industrial growth and approaches to improving energy and water services in the country," said Len C. Rodman, Chairman, President and CEO of Black & Veatch, during the event in Hanoi. "We are proud to have been assisting Vietnam for the last 20 years and look forward to continuing our strong relationship in providing sustainable infrastructure solutions."

Before becoming part of Black & Veatch, Binnie & Partners of the UK began water project work in Vietnam in 1989. Black & Veatch opened its Hanoi office in 1994.

Since 1989, the company has completed 23 water-related projects in Vietnam and has an additional five water projects currently underway. The company's energy business has completed five consulting service projects and one engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project. These efforts are helping enhance the quality of life for Vietnam residents through clean and highly efficient energy generation and reliable energy delivery, as well as greatly improved water quality and infrastructure that will ensure future generations in the country have access to clean water.

Currently, Black & Veatch is providing water consulting services for a water infrastructure project that will directly benefit 600,000 residents of eight towns in the five provinces of the Central Region of Vietnam. The towns include Phan Thiet, Gia Nghia, Cam Ranh, Ninh Hoa, Ca Na, Thap Cham, Song Cau and Tuy Hoa.

In the Southern Region, Black & Veatch is assisting the government in designing and constructing two major irrigation systems to help improve water quality and supply domestic, municipal and industrial water to provinces surrounding Ho Chi Minh City. The project will directly benefit approximately 140,000 people.

"We're working closely with local governments and the development banks to bring innovative solutions that are both effective and appropriate to communities in Vietnam," said Ralph Eberts, Senior Managing Director of Black & Veatch's Asia Pacific water business. "The projects we are working on will have a dramatic and positive effect on people's lives."

Black & Veatch is also involved in the design and construction of drainage and wastewater infrastructure that will help protect the Ha Long Bay in the Northern Region. The Ha Long Bay is a United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization world heritage site and popular tourist location. The company's drainage work includes construction of a new sanitary sewer interceptor, transmission system and a wastewater treatment plant in Hon Gai.

Black & Veatch recently completed an EPC project for a 110-kilovolt substation and supporting transmission lines that now provides reliable energy delivery for a major computer chip manufacturing plant in the Saigon Hi-Tech Park. These substation facilities were successfully energized in April. In addition, this EPC project resulted in the company being awarded a Safety Excellence Award by the Vietnamese Government for implementing exceptional safety procedures and training.

"The successful energization of the substation represents a significant milestone for Black & Veatch in our continuing effort to support the development of Vietnam's power industry," said Hoe Wai Cheong, Managing Director of the company's Asia region energy business.

The company also is serving as owner's engineer for the dual fuel conversion of the Hiep Phuoc 375-megawatt power plant to enable utilization of natural gas as well as heavy oil for generation fuel. The conversion of the plant near Ho Chi Minh City provides flexibility of generation fuels for reliable and low-cost electric power to industrial and residential customers.

Black & Veatch also served as technical adviser for phase one of the Kien Luong 1,200-megawatt supercritical coal generation project. This project will eventually supply more than 7,200 gigawatts per year to meet the electric demand load of the Southern Region.

Black & Veatch has 19 water and energy professionals working in Vietnam, with project support provided by the company's integrated global workforce.

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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