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Mott MacDonald acquires AWT in New Zealand

Mott MacDonald, a global management, engineering and sustainable development consultancy, has acquired AWT, a specialist water technology and consulting company based in New Zealand and Australia. The acquisition is part of Mott MacDonald's business strategy to broaden the services the company offers in the Australasia region.

Mott MacDonald's managing director for Australia and New Zealand David Johnson (right) shakes hands with AWT executive director Steve Couper (left).Mott MacDonald's managing director for Australia and New Zealand David Johnson (right) shakes hands with AWT executive director Steve Couper (left).

AWT has provided science and engineering-based services in the water sector for over 20 years. The company provides technical solutions spanning the entire project cycle. These include collection, conveyance, treatment, reuse and residuals incorporating water, wastewater (industrial and municipal) and storm water. Core services include network monitoring, project planning and management, modelling, design, commissioning and optimisation. 

The company recently supported the expansion of the Rotorua treatment plant and applied membrane bioreactor technology to meet New Zealand's tightest nutrient limits from a wastewater discharge. The company has also implemented a new £10.3m (NZ$20m) membrane water treatment plant for Taupo to remove arsenic from the source water. In addition, AWT has developed the H2Knowhow middleware data management platform which is now being used by several water utilities across the region. In Christchurch City it has been adopted to provide network monitoring data and analysis to assist with the rebuild of underground water assets. 

Mott MacDonald has worked in New Zealand and Australia for over 40 years, providing leading edge services in areas as diverse as buildings, transport, water and public private partnerships. 

In Australia, Mott MacDonald's early portfolio includes involvement in strategic infrastructure such Sydney Water's MacArthur water filtration plant. The company has also provided concept design, specifications and contract management of the Adelaide desalination project for SA Water. This includes a 300ML/d sea-water reverse osmosis plant and 14km transmission pipeline. 

Mott MacDonald's chairman Keith Howells said: "AWT adds a strong water capability to our existing New Zealand business in buildings and transport as part of our strategy to build a multi-sector business. It strengthens our water expertise in Australia and throughout the region. AWT's specialist focus on the science and technology of water also enhances Mott MacDonald's technical edge for the benefit of projects worldwide." 

Author: Dean Stiles,
Topic: Water resources
Tags: planning , wastewater , reuse , planning , engineering


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