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Fugro bags £57.6M Californian water GI contract

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Fugro has announced that it is to lead a consortium providing geotechnical investigations for the California Water Fix (CWF) project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region.

In an effort to improve water conveyance from the Delta area to Southern California, the project will ensure that new structures are as resilient as possible to earthquakes.

The five-year contract for Fugro and its partners is valued at $75M (£57.6M). The Fugro team will use includes five subconsultants as well as over 35 specialty sub-contractors.

The project involves constructing conveyance facilities which include three river water intakes, twin 48km long, 12m diameter deep main tunnels, two forebays, a pumping plant and canals to deliver water from the Sacramento River to existing infrastructure, including the State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project pumping plants located 68km away in the Southern end of the Delta.

Fugro will deliver geological assessment, geophysics, drilling, sampling and laboratory testing.

The project will also provide ecological and environmental benefits for the Sacramento and San Joaquin river deltas at the north end of San Francisco Bay.

Fugro Brice Bouffard director of the land division said: ‘We are extremely pleased to work with the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority in support of this important project that will contribute to improving the delivery of fresh water to millions of Californians.

“In line with our ‘Path to Profitable Growth’ strategy we are leveraging our core expertise and assets to increasingly deliver services in support of amongst others fresh water supply. As a result of global trends such as climate change and population growth, this market is expected to grow significantly.”

Jacobs has also been awarded a $93M (£71.3M) contract as design manager for the project to provide the preliminary and final engineering design phase of the 15-year programme. 

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