The latest office openings by international environmental consulting players Kleinfelder, NIRAS and SMEC:
California-based infrastructure and environmental consultancy Kleinfelder has announced the opening of a new base in Jackson, Michigan. It aims to create a local presence from which the firm can provide a range of engineering and environmental services. Kleinfelder already supports a range of investor-owned utility clients across the region, with a focus on power transmission and distribution, and oil and gas projects.
As the the firm’s portfolio of work grows, it is hoped a local office will accelerate momentum within the power market and support the future growth of its environmental services for oil and gas clients throughout the Great Lakes region.
Kleinfelder currently boasts c1,800 staff based in 60 offices spread across the US, Canada and Australia.
A growing demand for environmental and engineering services in Taiwan has seen Danish multidisciplinary consultancy NIRAS relocate its growing local team to a larger office in Taipei. The move comes just one year after establishing a permanent presence in the country (EA 05-May-17).
Since then the firm’s Taiwanese team has quadrupled in size, largely driven by the region’s growing offshore wind market. According to NIRAS, the strong wind resource in the Taiwan Straits coupled with government commitments has created a regional hub for offshore wind development. This has driven interest for international and local developers, and fund managers.
Tore Lucht, head of department, offshore wind commented: "Local presence has been our top priority as it ensures successful transfer of our knowledge from Europe to the emerging Taiwanese offshore wind market. We were keen to dedicate resources and have built a strong network of industrial friends, partners and clients here in Taiwan."
Services offered by NIRAS’ Taiwanese environmental team include impact assessments and monitoring.
The firm’s global footprint currently sees its c2,200 employees operate from 51 offices located in 27 countries worldwide.
Australian professional services firm SMEC has opened new headquarters in Melbourne. According to SMEC the office "represents another chapter in SMEC’s growth journey and is a fantastic space to collaborate, learn and develop together".
To celebrate the opening the office was visited by representatives from parent firm Surbana Jurong including Group CEO Mr Heang Fine Wong, CEO SMEC and CEO International SJ Group Hari Poologasundram, and CEO SMEC ANZ James Phillis. SMEC also took the opportunity to provide an update on the Snowy 2.0 pumped-hydro extension project on which it is working, which seeks to expand the Snowy Mountains hydroelectric scheme to add up to 2,000MW of energy to the Australian grid (EA 04-Oct-17).
The exploratory works environmental impact statement was released in July and has been out for public consultation. If all progresses, with the first power expected to be generated by 2024.
SMEC and Surbana Jurong Group’s partnership provides a pool of 14,500 people operating from a network of over 130 offices in over 40 countries worldwide.