Singapore – Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, officially opened its Global Design Centre for water in Singapore today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Mr S Iswaran, Minister of State for Trade and Industry. The Minister also presented Mr Ralph Eberts, Managing Director of Black & Veatch’s Asia-Pacific water business, with the Singapore Economic Development Board’s (EDB) International Headquarters Award.
In a videotaped message played at the ceremony, Mr Dan McCarthy, President and CEO of Black & Veatch’s global water business stated: “We’re pleased to receive this award in recognition of our development plans, which will see Black & Veatch’s
“The Global Design Centre operates as a key part of our integrated global workforce. Our
Mr McCarthy added: “We are also seeing increasing use of desalination as a treatment process throughout the world. However, desalination is still constrained by high energy consumption and membrane lifespan. The Centre of Excellence in Desalination will focus on optimising the performance of plants and enhancing membrane life.”
Mr McCarthy also confirmed Black & Veatch’s commitment to bring in top practice and technology leaders to provide advanced training of the company’s local workforce in key water competencies, building up a base of highly skilled professionals to ensure their high standards as the company continues its rapid expansion.
Mr Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director of the Environment and Water Industry Development Council (EWI) and Chief Executive of PUB, said, “We are pleased to have Black & Veatch as a committed partner and as a vital part of our environment and water industry. By anchoring more of its operations here, Black & Veatch’s strategic investments highlight the remarkable progress made in this sector, underpinning
Mr Kenneth Tan, Executive Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Deputy Executive Director of EWI added, “To continue growing this vibrant industry, it is essential that we also develop and attract a pool of quality talent and manpower. Black & Veatch is dedicated to helping this cause through conducting intensive employee training programs here, as well as sending local employees for training in the
These new developments follow the announcements Black & Veatch made in December 2006, when it stated plans to make the
“There is excellent talent in
“It is our plan that the