Discussing global trends in the energy and water industries, Black & Veatch Chairman, President and CEO Len C. Rodman said, 'We believe that innovation, sustainability and the nexus of water and energy are key to our clients and their customers. It's important to educate all consumers so that they better understand the value of water, as well their role in wisely using water today to preserve the potential benefits for future generations.'
Rodman added that the company sees flatter demand for energy in the near-term. However, as the global economy recovers from current financial uncertainties, all types of energy sources from renewables and biomass to fossil fuels and nuclear must become part of an integrated and sustainable portfolio to meet the world's energy needs.
Expanding on the theme of his keynote speech at the Water Leaders Summit here, Rodman stressed the need for broad-based technology and engineering solutions that transcend borders as the demand for a secure water supply continues to increase with global population growth.
Dan McCarthy, President and CEO of Black & Veatch's global water business, shared detailed information about key global economic and business trends that impact the water industry.
'Although we're seeing hopeful signs of recovery in many regions, the water industry overall is still being impacted by the economic downturn; and protectionist approaches are unfortunately gaining a foothold in some countries,' McCarthy pointed out in his remarks.
McCarthy explained that Black & Veatch is trying to counterbalance that trend by promoting collaboration and cooperation through its global and regional connections. 'We're facilitating discussions among our clients and business partners and brokering relationships to help them understand each other's points of views and share their best practices.'
The company also announced today two significant project achievements that further demonstrate how the company's technical and business innovations continue to improve communities and lives throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Ralph Eberts, Senior Managing Director for Black & Veatch's Asia Pacific water business, said in his remarks that the first phase of the Sembcorp Changi NEWater Plant in Singapore has been completed on schedule and will begin commercial operations next month. Black & Veatch was responsible for the design of the plant in addition to providing the owner, Sembcorp Industries, with construction and start-up commissioning services.
Eberts also announced that the Hong Kong SAR Water Supplies Department has selected Black & Veatch for a large expansion project at the Tai Po Water Treatment Works. Black & Veatch will design and oversee construction of the project that will improve water reliability for the area's approximately 7 million residents.
'This project further strengthens Black & Veatch's position as a leader in the water industry in Hong Kong,' Eberts said. 'The Tai Po Water Treatment Works is an innovative and essential part of the area's water infrastructure and represents our commitment to providing sustainable water solutions to the people of Hong Kong.'
As part of Singapore International Water Week, the company is also sponsoring the first dedicated blog at a major water and wastewater conference. A special section of the blog provides background information specifically for the media.