Audubon Engineering Company | June 03, 2022
Shell Offshore Inc., a subsidiary of Shell plc, has signed a three-year contract with Audubon Engineering Company LP (Audubon), a leading provider of engineering, procurement, construction, and fabrication services, to provide brownfield engineering and procurement (EP) services for Shell's Mars Corridor.
The contract includes some of Shell's offshore assets in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, including the Mars, Olympus, Ursa, and Vito tension leg platforms, and has two one-year extension options. The water depths in this deep-water portfolio range between 3,000 and 4,000 feet (914 to 1,200 meters).
Topside engineering and procurement services are included in the contract, which includes single-well subsea tiebacks, crane, lifeboat, and HVAC replacements, controls, firewater system, and utility upgrades, gas-lift installation, and prefabricated skid packages.
The contract will be carried out by Audubon's strong local operating centers in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas. This deal builds on the company's history of providing Shell with integrated engineering and technical services.
We’re delighted that Shell has selected Audubon to be its contractor for these assets. We are committed to driving value and efficiency for Shell to further enhance and extend productivity across its assets in the Mars Corridor.”
Ryan Hanemann, President of Audubon Engineering Company
He further added, “Audubon is proud of our accomplishments in the GOM region, and this contract award further positions our business for growth and continued delivery in the area.”
Texas Central, Webuild | June 16, 2021
Texas Central, the developers of the high-speed train between Dallas and Houston, has signed a $16 billion deal with Webuild, a joint venture between The Lane Construction Corporation and Webuild in the United States, to head the civil construction team for the Texas passenger line.
Webuild is one of the world's largest civil engineering contractors. Texas Central's selection demonstrates the engagement of industry-leading organizations in the construction of the high-speed train.
Webuild operates in over 50 countries across five continents and has built over 8,500 miles of railway and metro infrastructure in Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. It has constructed several high-speed train projects in Europe and several famous, complex projects in the more significant transportation industry, including the Panama Canal extension, the Grand Paris Express, and the Anacostia River and Northeast Boundary tunnels in Washington D.C.
The firm is working in the United States since the 1980s and increased its footprint in 2016 by combining with The Lane Construction Corporation, a U.S.-based company with almost 130 years of infrastructure experience.
The announcement is the latest milestone for the investor-led project, which envisions a 200-mph train connecting the state's most populous and economically important districts in 90 minutes, with a midway stop in the Brazos Valley. The initiative will build a super-economy by linking individuals in the fourth and fifth major U.S. markets searching for safe, dependable, environmentally friendly, and productive transport choices.
According to the deal, Webuild will handle all heavy construction for the project, planning and constructing all 236 miles of the alignment, roughly half of which will be on the viaduct. Much of the route is raised to minimize landowners and inhabitants in the counties it will pass through.Webuild will also construct all maintenance and industrial buildings, as well as train stations and facilities.
Texas Central Railroad's proposed Texas high-speed rail line will be modeled after the successful Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen high-speed rail system, managed by the Central Japan Railway Company (JRC). Texas Central chose this system because it is one of the world's safest and most timely train systems. Throughout its 55-year history, it has transported over 10 billion people while maintaining a flawless safety record of zero operational passenger fatalities and zero accidents. Every day, this technology transports around 400,000 passengers.
During the six-year construction period, the project is expected to generate 17,000 direct jobs, over 20,000 supply chain job opportunities, and more than 1,400 direct permanent jobs when the train is fully operating. The Texas Central project will require $7.3 billion of materials from 37 different U.S. states. This project will have a cumulative economic effect of $36 billion over the next 25 years.
About Texas Central
Texas Central has a Business and Workforce Opportunity Program, with the mission of promoting the value and development of small, rural, minority-, woman-, veteran-, and disabled individual-owned businesses by providing fair and competitive opportunities to bid on and participate in the construction and operation of the Texas high-speed train.
Texas Central, which includes its operating subsidiary Texas Central Railroad, is the company in charge of developing, designing, building, financing, and operating the innovative new high-speed passenger train line that will connect the country's fourth and fifth largest economies, North Texas and Greater Houston, in less than 90 minutes, with one stop in the Brazos Valley.
Methuen Construction | August 25, 2021
MWH Constructors, Inc., a national water/wastewater construction firm, announced that it has acquired Methuen Construction Company, Inc. (Methuen Construction). Combining MWH's varied alternate project delivery experience with Methuen Construction's traditional and design-build-bid expertise will strengthen MWH's position as a leader in the water marketplace while providing bottom-line support and growth opportunities for Methuen Construction.
"Both MWH and Methuen Construction have similar values, company cultures and approach to project excellence. I could not be more excited to have this distinguished company join MWH as we continue to grow our presence across the Northeast and beyond." said Blair Lavoie, President & CEO of MWH.
"I am convinced that under MWH's expertise, infrastructure and financial strength, our company will expand, prosper and create more great career opportunities for our current and future teammates," said Joe Barbone, President of Methuen Construction. "These are exciting times and I very much look forward to a new chapter in Methuen Construction's storied and proud history."
Methuen Construction will remain a separate operating entity with MWH as its parent company. Methuen Construction will continue operations from its Plaistow, New Hampshire headquarters and its leadership team will remain in place to oversee and guide the company's growth initiatives.
MWH is a leading global project delivery company with a focus on water. With the goal of delivering maximum value to clients and their local communities, MWH provides single-source, integrated construction services and a full range of project delivery methods. Incorporating industry-leading preconstruction services and safety practices, MWH's multi-disciplined team of construction professionals delivers a wide range of projects, including new facilities, infrastructure improvement and expansion, and capital construction services. With approximately 2,200 employees worldwide, including 650 based in the U.S., the MWH family includes Slayden in the northwestern U.S., Methuen Construction in New England and MWH Treatment in the United Kingdom.
About Methuen Construction
Founded in 1960, Methuen Construction Company, Inc. is one of the most successful self-performing general contractors in the industry. Methuen Construction employs highly skilled professionals including millwrights, ironworkers, pipefitters, carpenters, welders, heavy equipment operators, truck drivers and laborers. Methuen Construction performs complex construction projects in the private, federal and municipal sectors, continuously expanding its capabilities in the heavy industrial, renewable energy, power, modular, prefabrication, transportation, federal and municipal technologies.