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Black & Veatch-Designed Desalination Plant Wins Global Water Distinction


Black & Veatch Ltd
May 4, 2006


Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, consulting and construction
company, announced today the company recently won a distinction in the
Desalination Plant of the Year category at the 2006 Global Water Awards
for the Singapore-Tuas Seawater Desalination Project. The new 36
million-gallon-per-day (136,380 cubic-meter-per-day) seawater
reverse-osmosis (SWRO) plant is the largest of its kind in Asia and one of
the largest in the world, accommodating 10 percent of Singapore's national
water demand.

"We're delighted to be recognized for our work on this exciting facility,"
said Dan McCarthy, president and CEO of B&V Water. "This award serves as
recognition of Black & Veatch's global leadership in helping utilities
produce safe, ample drinking water for their customers, while sustaining
and protecting the environment."

The Singapore-Tuas Seawater Desalination plant is one of the most
energy-efficient SWRO plants in the world, producing treated water at a
total energy consumption for the plant of only 4.2kWhr/m3. This has
resulted in an expected first-year selling price of $0.49 per cubic meter
- the lowest of any comparable project in the world.

Black & Veatch provided complete design and permitting services for the
US$90 million project as well as support during construction,
commissioning and operation. The facility features a compact pretreatment
process with screening and combined flotation/filtration prior to the
extraction of dissolved salts via two stages of reverse osmosis membranes,
with additional treatment to further improve water quality prior to
distribution and consumption.

"The project represents the exceptional capabilities of Black & Veatch's
global technology specialists, whose collective expertise is setting new
standards for innovative and economical water treatment solutions,"
McCarthy said.

The 2006 Global Water Awards ceremony was held March 6 in Dubai, United
Arab Emirates. The award winners are chosen from votes cast by subscribers
to Water Desalination Report and Global Water Intelligence and members of
the International Desalination Association. Black & Veatch shared the
recognition for the Singapore-Tuas plant with Hyflux. Hyflux subsidiary
SingSpring holds the Design-Build-Own-Operate contract awarded by
Singapore's Public Utilities Board in early 2003.

About the Global Water Awards

Global Water Intelligence (GWI) is a monthly publication providing
analysis and strategic data on the international water market. GWI has
established itself as a market-leading publication for developers,
suppliers, financiers, governments, utilities and municipalities seeking
information and analysis on water projects with an element of private
sector participation. GWI and its sister publication, Water Desalination
Report, spearhead the annual Global Water Awards which are widely
recognized as the most prestigious symbol of achievement in the global
water industry.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch Corporation is a leading global engineering, consulting and
construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy,
water, information and government markets. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch
develops tailored infrastructure solutions that meet clients' needs and
provide sustainable benefits. Solutions include conceptual and preliminary
engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction,
financial management, asset management, information technology,
environmental, security design and consulting, and management consulting
services. B&V Water, Black & Veatch's water business, provides innovative,
technology-based solutions to utilities, governments and industries
worldwide. Local project managers work with a global team of water and
wastewater treatment process experts to address site-specific challenges
through a broad range of consulting, study, planning, design, design-build
and construction management services. The employee-owned company has more
than 90 offices worldwide. Black & Veatch is ranked on the Forbes "500
Largest Private Companies in the United States" listing. The company's Web
site address is www.bv.com.

 

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