Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Advance Water and Environment is set to become the region’s preferred water and environment contractor, combining the local knowledge of HLG with the technical expertise of John Holland’s Water & Enviro business – an industry leader with more than 30 years’ experience in the delivery of major public sector water and wastewater projects.
HLG CEO and Managing Director Jose Antonio Lopez-Monis welcomed today’s launch of Advance Water and Environment at the MEED Water and Wastewater Conference in Abu Dhabi, and said the company was uniquely placed to pursue water and environment opportunities in the region.
“Water and water-related projects are key growth markets for HLG. Advance Water and Environment, and the strength of both HLG and John Holland places us in an excellent position to take advantage of the increasing opportunities in this growing sector. This strategic partnership will put us at the forefront of desalination, wastewater treatment and recycling, water storage & transmission, and specialist environmental projects in the region.”
Driven by population growth and an increasing demand for modern infrastructure, it is expected that more than $50bn will be invested in GCC water-related projects over the next five years.
“Given the size, complexity and specialist skills required for this market, Advance Water and Environment is in the enviable position of being able to tap into the expertise of its joint venture partners, HLG and John Holland, and more broadly with our shared parent companies – the Leighton Group, HOCHTIEF and ACS – to deliver early and effective entry into this sector in the Gulf region.
“The establishment of this new specialist business aligns with HLG’s strategy to diversify into new markets and new geographies. Our initial focus is on delivering more projects in Qatar, where we already have a strong track-record with Kahramaa, and pursuing more opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq,” Mr Lopez-Monis said.
Greg Taylor, General Manager of John Holland’s Water and Environment business, said the launch of Advance Water and Environment is part of John Holland’s strategy of further penetrating international markets by exporting its specialist capabilities and engaging with local partners.
“John Holland’s unparalleled experience and technical expertise has seen it deliver some of the most challenging and technically complex projects around Australasia. We are proud to bring our skills and ingenuity to new partnerships with other Leighton Group companies in offshore markets,” he said.
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