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BY Meaghan Clark

Riding a Clean Energy Wave

We see them on the freeway, in our neighborhoods and perhaps even in our driveways – hybrids are everywhere these days. This New Year, what makes the hottest hybrids even hotter aren’t the engines, but the brand – from Porsche to Mercedes-Benz, and even a rapper’s best friend –it’s the ultimate premiere. Check out what we’ve stocked up on in this month’s renewable energy. This January, we’re also digging deeper into the world’s most prominent aggregate companies. As we write this, the landscape of the States’ top companies has changed, forcing us to re-look at the future of the aggregate industry globally. Just as the nation’s aggregate companies changed, so did news from offshore clean energy projects. We’re all about clean energy innovations, but who would have thought a wave you can surf could also power your desk lamp? Enjoy this month’s Energy Digital as divulge the reasons behind the success of major industry players, navigate out the month’s news and showcase January’s premier industry events. http://www.

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Africa 144 ARM Reaching a new phase of expansion 166 Letseng Diamonds 178 Babcock Powerlines International engineering giant 184 Marley Pipe 190 Datacentrix 204 Jubilee 214 LeBlanc Group 220 Reunert 242 Isowall SA - Where polystyrene takes preference 248 Tanelec 256 Flexicon Piping the liquid asset

canada 262 Canem Canem Systems is at the center of ‘building performance 278 Independent Electric & Controls IEC Is An Innovative... 284 Resource Energy Solutions Calgary high-tech company gets top Marx 292 Arthon Construction Arthon Construction Comes Up With The Building Blocks... 298 Stacey Electric Stacey Electric Wires Toronto Traffic Lights Day and Night

australia 304 Remondis NZ REMONDIS New Zealand Limited Cleans Up Nationally 310 Focus Minerals Focus Minerals – Only Just Begun 316 Clyde Babcock Hitachi Clyde Babcock Hitachi Energizes a Continent with... 326 Schneider Electric NZ Improving Energy Efficiency in New Zealand 332 Ramelius Resources Profitable Gold Exploration at Australia’s Mt. Magnet www.energydigital.com January 2011

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CERN Traps Antimatter Leading to New Energy Source It’s not a sequel to Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons: it’s the real thing. Scientists have actually trapped antimatter atoms, but its use is a far cry from that fictional power. The CERN report wrote “there is no possibility to use antimatter as energy ‘source.’ Unlike solar energy, coal or oil, antimatter does not occur in nature: we have to make every particle at the expense of much more energy than it can give back during annihilation.” Still, “these are significant steps in antimatter research,” CERN Director General Rolf Heuer said.

National Archives Get Green Housing with Ameresco Energy efficiency and renewable energy company Ameresco partnered with the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) to upgrade current structures into efficient and certified infrastructures with new HVAC and lighting systems. NARA and Ameresco have already created a plan to develop the various structures in and around the United States as part of the Energy Savings Performance Contract. “NARA prides itself on being a leader in operational efficiency and energy conservation at all of its facilities,” said Mark Sprouse, Director of the National Archives Facilities and Personal Property Management Division. 10

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Caterpillar Goes Green despite Industry Sector Caterpillar Inc. was awarded an International Pipeline and O f fshore Contractors Associations (IPLOCA) Environmental Award for its “Eco Operator Training Program.” The program is a one

day event that teaches operators how to efficiency run equipment in a low emission manner. For customers, this has reduced savings by 20 percent. “Smart companies do more with less. This course is fundamental in our strategy to help customers make efficient use of the world’s natural resources and reduce unnecessary impacts on people and the environment,” said Dan Macholan, General Manager, Caterpillar Global Pipeline.


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UCSD Chancellor Earns National Medal of Science University of California, San Diego chancellor Marye Anne Fox was honored with the United States Government’s highest honor, the National Medal of Science. Fox is among ten researchers to receive the award, but the only for her significant

research within the solar energy sector. According to the White House Press Statement, Fox was honored “for her research contributions in the areas of organic photochemistry and electrochemistry and for enhancing our understanding of excited-state and charge-transfer processes with interdisciplinary applications in material science, solar energy conversion, and environmental chemistry.”

Philadelphia Eagles Welcome First Sustainable Sports Stadium

What do you get when you combine the pounding fists of massive football players and renewable energy efforts of wind, solar and dual-fuel generated electricity? The Lincoln Financial Field. Part of the Philadelphia Eagles’ seven year Go Green campaign, the team expects to become the first ever sports stadium that will completely be self generated. Eagles CEO Jeff Lurie announced Solar Blue, a Florida based renewable energy company, will invest $30 million over the nex t ye ar into 80 spiral wind turbines, 2500 solar panels and a dual-fuel cogeneration plant.

NEWS IN BRIEF Pike River Coal Sells Stock­pile After New Zealand’s Pike River Coal Processing Plant announced all 29 trapped miners had died, Pike River has little hope for the future. NZX suspended all stock following the explosion while company sold 20,000t stockpile of coal.

SunEdison Opens Solar Energy Facility Italy’s coast has become a little bit greener – SunEdison, a worldwide solar energy service provider, interconnected a 70 MW photovoltaic power plant in Northeast Italy to make it the largest operating PV solar power plant in Europe.

Third-Quarter Failures for Construction Aggregates Vulcan Materials and Martin Marietta both announced significant third-quarter profits drop; Vulcan plunged by 76 percent while Martin revealed a loss of 6.3 percent. Both American aggregate companies have been the top industry leaders for several years.

Offshore Massachusetts Wind Project Approved The Department of Public Utilities approved the first ever United States offshore wind power contract between National Grid and Cape Wind. The 15 year contract approved the Massachusetts based facility at 18.7 center per kilowatt-hour in 2013.

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NEWS IN BRIEF Top Ranked Eco-Friendly College The University of Colorado at Boulder tops Sierra Magazine’s “cool college campuses” list with high marks in transportation and waste. Other top eco-friendly colleges in the nation include University of Washington, Seattle and several University of California’s.

GE Opens New Polish Facility GE Oil & Gas announced

Williams Companies Purchases 85,800 acres at Bakken Shale

Williams Companies Inc. purchased 85,800 net acres of North Dakota’s most profitable oil plays for $925 million. The purchase of Bakken shale is just one of many shales Williams Companies has handled. In just two years the company’s exploration and production interests are expected to rise by 15 percent – to become a total of 25 percent – up from just seven a year before. Assets from these interests also lie in the 3000 barrels per day of net oil production from existing wells at Bakken.

its $3 million investment in an offshore subsea equipment testing facility in Warsaw, Poland, which will open in partnership with the Warsaw Institute of Aviation and Engineering Design Center.

PG&E Still Contaminating Hinkley Residents Despite Hollywood fame, Hinkley, California’s water supply remains contaminated. The water made famous in “Erin Brockovich” is laced with chromium even after a $333 million lawsuit, as the Water Board continues to provoke PG&E toward further research.

Blue Vert Cosmetics Goes Green French natural cosmetics company Blue Vert enlisted two solar power plants at their Avignon headquarters. One generates 101 kilowatts, while the other produces 2.69 kilowatts. Groupement Photovoltaïque du Luberon (PV Luberon) installed them and Sputnik developed three inverters.

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San Jose/Santa Clara 1.4megawatt DFC1500 Power Plant The San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant, the largest advanced wastewater-treatment facility in the Western U.S., welcomed a 1.4-megawatt DFC1500 power plant, designed by FuelCell Energy, Inc. UTS Bioenergy LLC will purchase the DFC1500 unit in which power generated

will be sold to the San Jose/ Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant under a 20-year power purchase agreement. FuelCell Energy will be responsible for servicing the power plant under a long-term service agreement. The unit is due to begin operating at the start of 2012.


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AngloGold Ashanti Strikes 3.45M Ounces at Tropicana Gold The Boards of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd and Independence Group NL approved the grant for the Tropicana Gold Project Development. AngloGold Ashanti holds a 70 percent interest in the Tropicana Project, while Independence Group holds 30 percent. In the first three years the project is expected to produce anywhere from 470,000 to 490,000 ounces at a cash cost of A$580 ounces to A$600 ounces, while over a ten year period it is expected to generate a substantial 3.45 million ounces of gold at a cash cost of A$710 to A$739 ounces.

NRG Energy Acquires Green Mountain Company NRG Energy finalized its $ 350 million acquisition of Green Mountain Company, the top competitive retail provider of clean energy products and services in the nation. The partnership between NRG and Green Mountain will allow for the expansion of Green Mountain’s green products and services and excite expansion production into ideal markets and market segments. Green Mountain will continue operating as a single business within NRG. “This acquisition is a win-win for Green Mountain, our customers, employees and shareholders,” said Paul Thomas, CEO of Green Mountain Energy Company.

GE Invests $500M in Brazil Global Research Center GE invested $500 million in the expansion of its Brazilian operations, with a new multi-disciplinary Research and Development Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Bra zil Global Research Center, worth a total of $100 million, will be situated on the Ilha do Bom Jesus peninsula. The center

is expected to generate 200 research and engineer jobs once fully operational, and will be focused on advanced technologies within the oil and gas, renewable energy, mining, rail and aviation industries. GE will invest another $400 million for technology, product development and training.

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Duncan Sinclair

gas future M o delling Brita i n ’ s

How will Britain consume, transport and source gas in 2050? That depends on several as yet unknowns: commodity prices, commercial developments, policy and regulatory decisions and technological advances. The ENA commissioned Redpoint and Trilemma to explore the issue. The result is a long-range, fully-costed, modelling-based study, which was used to analyse four scenarios with different levels of gas use. It shows there are credible and robust situations in which gas can continue to play a major role in Britain’s energy mix – without compromising the ability to meet environmental targets. 14

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Scenarios featuring greater use of gas could offer a more cost-effective solution than those requiring very high levels of electrification. In futures where gas is plentiful and relatively cheap, e.g. where there are further breakthroughs in unconventional gas extraction, the analysis indicates potential savings of up to almost £700bn to be made between 2010 and 2050. Also, the presence of gas will enhance the diversity of Britain’s energy supply and provide additional flexibility when it comes to energy balancing, particularly when the output from renewable sources is low. Even if the country opts for greater electrification, some unabated generation


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plant may be needed to operate in conjunction with demand-side management and storage systems for balancing electricity. And gas can also play an important transition role in minimising emissions in the short-term while new technologies are developed. In a scenario with high-ongoing reliance on gas, CCS technology is critical, as is the deployment of biomethane injection into the gas distribution network. Where a scenario with low or no ongoing use of gas is assumed, investment will be required in electric heating and transport technologies, alongside electricity and heat storage, demand-side response, and

interconnection. A flexible nuclear fleet will almost certainly be necessary to balance the system by 2050. Technological development – with consumer uptake – is critical to any lowcarbon future. However, the variable pace of development, feasibility of deployment, consumer behaviour, and future policy and regulatory restraints are all unknown. Time and funding are needed to ensure that technology options are fully explored. Given the uncertainty, there READ MY BLOGS appears to be significant value Visit in retaining the option of a high Website gas future. www.energydigital.com January 2011

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Terry Pegula is a name most industry experts will recognize, but after late November when rumors spread that the billionaire had signed a letter of intent to purchase the Buffalo Sabres, all sports fans came to recognize it as well. But the wealthy entrepreneur who earned a degree from Penn State in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and formed his own company in 1983 is more than just a sports guy. After selling his privately held company, East Resources, in July for $4.7 billion, Pegula and his wife continued to remain in the spotlight 16

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– most prominently through the $88 million Penn State donation to enable his alum in welcoming a new Division 1 program with the construction of a hockey arena. Pegula was named one of Forbes’ 500 with an estimated $3 billion worth thanks to the Royal Dutch Shell purchase of his East Resources, a sale which earned media attention due to the substantial quantity of resources Shell would inevitably drain. At the time, Pegula had owned 65 percent of the company and Marcellus Shale was a little


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known stretch of land that reached from Ohio to Virginia to New York. Originally, East Resources began its first drilling explorations through Warren and Indiana Counties in Pennslyvania. The wealth spread with discoveries of the Trenton/ Black River Field and five fields in Elmira, New York. Natural gas operations expanded in 2009 with drilling extensions through Appalachian Basin’s Marcellus Shale region. At the time of sale, East Resources had 650,000 net acres of operable acreage,

providing the company with roughly 10,000 barrels of oil per day, predominantly in natural gas. Today, years after the sale, Pegula still stands behind the developments in the Marcellus shale – when asked at a recent Penn State football game what he’s liked to tell students, he said to Onward State: “that this contribution [to the hockey arena] could be just the tip of the iceberg, the READ MY BLOGS first of many such gifts, if the Visit development of the Marcellus Website Shale is allowed to proceed.” www.energydigital.com January 2011

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Paul Roche

TheGreen Investment Bank Since the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, outlined in the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR ) that the UK Coalition Government will be committing £1billion capital to launch the Green Investment Bank, there has been much discussion and speculation about how the bank will be structured, what its main priorities will be and if £1bn investment is sufficient to make a significant impact on Britain’s carbon emissions. 18

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Despite it having been watered down from the original plan of a £6bn commitment, the Government’s ongoing commitment to launch a Green Investment Bank is, in principle, good news. What is needed is revolution, not evolution, and without this type of financial institution the low carbon sector will remain unable to access capital on the scale required to make any sort of meaningful impact. Whilst there is currently only £1bn being invested in its creation, the Green Investment Bank still


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presents an excellent opportunity to unlock funds for a burgeoning green economy in the UK. The WWF and Ecofys have recently given the UK an ‘E’ grade for its carbon policies , one of the issues being that despite Britain being well on its way to achieving zero-carbon standards in delivery of new-builds, it still lacks support for existing building stock. Alarming is that 90 percent of already established buildings are responsible for 27 percent of CO2 emissions! The Government should be

focused in its commitment to provide property owners with access to financial support to unlock performance opportunities in existing building stock. This will make significant headway towards carbon reduction targets, grow the country’s embryonic green economy and potentially foster economic READ MY BLOGS growth across all sectors of Visit the British Economy to lead us Website out of recession. www.energydigital.com January 2011

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Robert Rapier

Why Cellulosic Ethanol is

Fa l l i n g S h o r t In 2007, Congress issued biofuel mandates that included mandates for production of cellulosic ethanol. Though no commercial cellulosic ethanol facilities existed at the time, Congress issued a mandate for 100 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol production in 2010, 250 million gallons in 2011 and eventually 16 billion gallons of cellulosic biofuels per year by 2022. That same year the U.S. Department of Energy awarded $385 million in funding to six companies for production of cellulosic ethanol; despite the mandates and various incentives, progress badly lagged expectations. 20

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Commercialization came to the U.S. in 1910 when Standard Alcohol Company built a cellulosic ethanol plant in Georgetown, South Carolina to process waste wood from a lumber mill. With a second plant in Fullteron, Louisiana, each was designed for 5000 gallons of ethanol per day from wood waste and both were in production for several years. Both plants eventually closed due to lack of economic viability. Biomass has low energy density relative to fossil fuels, and thus a conversion facility must have easy logistical access. In most cases, this means that biomass must be sourced close to the facility. This


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puts some limits on the size of biomass facilities, so they suffer from the lack of economies of scale. Further, cellulose generally makes up less than 50 percent of the composition of biomass, limiting biomass fraction that can be converted into ethanol. The fraction that is converted ends up as a dilute of generally around 4 percent ethanol and 96 percent water. This makes the energy requirements of purifying cellulosic ethanol very high. In early 2010, 100 years after the first cellulosic ethanol plant was built in the U.S., the EPA recognized that the cellulosic ethanol mandates could not be met. They subsequently

reduced the 100 million gallon mandate for 2010 to 6.5 million gallons. In late 2010, the Energy Information Administration projected that 2011 cellulosic ethanol production would be 3.94 million gallons, less than 2 percent of the originally mandated amount. Large-scale commercialization of cellulosic ethanol will not be viable due to the fundamental issues with biomass conversion and effiREAD MY BLOGS ciency, and will ultimately be Visit relegated to the role of a niche Website fuel provider. www.energydigital.com January 2011

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Mercedes, Porsche and Cadillac premiere 2011 hybrids at motor shows - offering speed, agility and class By Meaghan Clark save much on dough as this revolutionary Porsche masterpiece costs about $600,000 to make. The Porsche will inspire all those green geeks just enough to keep them from gawking at the price tag. The 918 Spyder hybrid was one of three new Porsche hybrids that premiered at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, providing the perfect mix of lavish living with an environmental twist. Rumors circled for months, and when it finally appeared, the Porsche 918 Spyder was said to emit more than just 70 g/ km of CO2. Porsche is going to remain the leader in the industry with consumption at 3.0 hat’s hotter than getting a new car this year? liters per 100 kilometers and speed from zero Getting the hottest hybrid. Mercedes, Porsche, to 62 in 3.2 seconds. Honda and even Cadillac debuted their ecofriendly versions at this year’s motor shows. Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid Today, worldwide retailers anxiously await The S Class defines all what a luxury vehicle these new additions, and 2011 is expected should be, so as we welcome 2011, it isn’t to be a great year for the luxury hybrid – cars surprising that with the New Year comes a providing better fuel efficiency with the same new definition of a Mercedes Benz’s classic. The S400 Hybrid will still suit the traveling speed and style as their predecessors. businessman while offering an environmental touch courtesy of Hollywood. Robert Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid supercar You’re saving the environment, but you won’t Downey Jr. picked up the new hybrid for the 24 January 2011 www.energydigital.com


renewable energy final shots of his film “Due Date.” The S400 Hybrid produces 296 hp from its 3.5 liter V-6 engine to tear up the asphalt when you hit the gas, and comes with the start-stop technology of traditional hybrids. The Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid is the first lithium-ion battery for a production hybrid, allowing it to zoom off at 30 miles per gallon on the highway while still giving 46 percent better fuel economy than your average V8 powered ML550 model.

has to be about perfection. Their BMW ActiveHybrid Technology introduces a plug-in hybrid with a three cylinder turbo diesel with hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and full hybrid engine at the back. The ActiveHybrid 7 is already an early award winner with its 99 grams per kilometer CO2 emission rating and low fuel consumption – making that number unique in the market. The eight speed automatic transmission and V8 gasoline engine hardly counts for anything after you get a whiff of the acceleration BMW ActiveHybrid 7 numbers – rocketing from zero to 80 in under BMW’s ActiveHybrid 7 premiered at the 2009 five seconds. Frankfurt International Motor Show IAA, but is only just now showing its true colors – because Cadillac Escalade Hybrid as we all know, everything else BMW touches Sure, the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid premiered last Mercedes Benz S400 Hybrid (TL); Cadillac Escalade Hybrid (BL); BMW ActiveHybrid 7 (R)

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Practical yet efficient, the Honda Jazz is sure to "up-tempo" your life

year, but after several months on the market, we still don’t think this humdinger of an automobile has earned itself enough press. It’s the notoriety and class of the Cadillac Escalade with the environmental focus of a hybrid. What more do you want? Contradictory at best, the $75,000 artillery tool might garner more than just a Ludacris lyric or camera time during another Michael Phelps’ DUI case, but without the equipment running it, few rap stars or athletes would be as impressed. The small amount of press isn’t surprising, considering the Escalade sells itself with its name and appearances throughout pop culture. With a Gen IV 6.oL V8 engine, LIVC with Active Fuel Management and seating for eight, your whole crew can ride green.

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the Paris Motor Show, it was the Jazz Hybrid, where Honda introduced a new, shapely figure for the practical hatchback. Offering the familiar IMA hybrid technology, characteristics of which are also available with the Insight and CR-Z Hybrids, it featured the spacious and famous “Magic Seats” and serious boot space. In Honda tests, this spicy number has Co2 emissions at 104 g/km with a combined fuel consumption of 4.4 l/100 km. Europe will get to hear the Jazz first, with the rest of the world trailing not far behind. Still featuring the clean look of the Honda more Jazz from around the world, articles this hybrid version will put a Visit spotlight on the average, petWebsite rol-electric hybrid in no time.

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With five locations in Houston, Applied Machinery Corporation delivers drilling fabrications for industry experts quickly and effectively. With a series of packages available for their unique customer, AMC offers a wide range of services to the global market. Founded in 1994, AMC has fully developed facilities and a trained staff to immediately


Oil & Gas equip customers with desired specifications requirements and repair. The company was assessed by the American Petroleum Institute and certified API Specification Q1, ISO/ TS 29001 and ISO 9001:2000. Imperative to the longevity of AMC are customer supported drilling packages, all of which include a one year warranty, full mechanical and electrical rig-up (which can be done through the company’s additional fullservice machine shop), engineering for additional features, time-sensitive delivery date as proposed from previous rig projects, Construction was established in 1985 as a and API approved manufacturing processes. joint venture between Bakrie & Brothers of Indonesia and Tranfield of Australia. In 2003 AKD Engineering Ltd Bakrie Construction was given full share of the Established in 1955, AKD Engineering Ltd. pro- company and continued growth in the fabrication vides quality fabrication and machining services industry, among others. Its Jakarta, Indonesia to market areas surrounding its base location of facility is a Bonded Zone Area, enabling the Suffolk, UK. With a modern facility added to the highly trained team to obtain materials through company’s domain in 2004, AKD Engineering the jetty with exports up to 2500t sent directly Ltd. is capable of tackling machining and fabrica- to overseas clients. tion projects from the design to manufacturing, Over the years the company has taken on a assemblage and testing. AKD Engineering sup- variety of projects including the manufacture and plies European purveyors with essentials through delivery of torque shaft for the Cascade/ Chintheir approval to BS EN ISO 9001:2008, with took STP project and Gunung Salak Geothermal an additional focus in health and safety, quality Field infrastructure development construction assurance and environmental impact. for Unocal Geothermal of Indonesia. Aside from In reality, for ADK it’s all about the shop floor. their wide project range, Bakrie Construction ADK Engineering Ltd’s fabrication shop is 2000 is recognized for its health and safety practices M² and can handle up to 100t with additional open and was awarded the OHSAS 18001:2007 in air quayside fabrications that can hold up to 500t. October 2010. Alongside their health and safety requirements and extensive training, AKD hired specialists in Heerema Fabrication Group welding – in areas of carbon steels, stainless Part of the Herrema Group, Herrema Fabrication steel and duplex – which are qualified to AWS Group engineers and fabricates offshore oil and D1.1, EEMUA, ASME 1X and NORSOK. gas structures within the energy industry. With three fabrication yards, a fabrication workshop Bakrie Construction and facility engineering company situated all over Formerly Trans Bakrie, the international fabri- the world, Heerema Fabrication Group’s work is cation and construction field company Bakrie recognized internationally. Their wide range of

“Aside from their wide project range, Bakrie Construction is recognized for its health and safety practices”

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Leighton Contractors is unmatched in the expertise and diversity we offer the resource industry. Providing a total service, we are the experts in mining, construction, civil and industrial engineering, telecommunications and infrastructure investment. We work as an integrated team to deliver innovative, safety-focused and performance driven solutions, in some of the most challenging and remote locations across Australia and New Zealand. Leighton Contractors’ Resources Division – discover our total service delivery at www.leightoncontractors.com.au


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facilities also enable HFG to tackle a variety of projects simultaneously in terms of fabrication units like jackets, topside and modules, while their subsidiary Grootint GRP Systems offers additional variety within the chemical and civil industries. Created in 1948 in Venezuela, as long as oil and gas have been explored within the North Sea, Heerema has been fabricating. This year alone the company has worked on a myriad of tasks specifically in the oil and gas industry, including work with RWE Dea UK SNS Ltd for engineering, procurement and construction.

– including API 4F and 8C, ISO 9001:2000, API Q1, IRATA and OPITO – DSL services is globally renowned business. Fabrication remains the company core with rig and drilling package upgrades, refurbishment and repair among its top services. Unique to DSL are its extensive range of engineering resources for design assistance, with the option to provide individual concepts for fabrication requirement. DSL’s most recent projects include the installation and assemblage of a 40m replacement boom at Deepwater Millennium, as well as supplying rig building more Derrick Services (UK) Limited crews for Maersk during the articles This international oil and gas construction com- assemblage of two Derricks Visit pany is focused on a variety of industry services in Singapore. Website including general fabrication, engineering and project management and offshore construction services. With its success spanning several For feedback and comments please get in touch. decades and a series of accredited approvals > feedback@whitedm.com


Aggregate Companies across the Globe Providing the construction industry with the best aggregate materials, these companies are the leading providers for their services, support & social responsibility Written By Meaghan Clark

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Aggregate companies worldwide provide the same expert advice, services and responsible approach to the construction industry – but these six companies take a new approach to simple aggregate policy.

Vulcan Materials Co. (USA)

Martin Marietta Aggregates (USA)

For years, Martin Marietta Aggregates has trailed behind Vulcan Materials as the leading aggregate company in the United States. The strengths of Martin Marietta Aggregates over the years comes through experience – with roots dating back to 1939 via Superior Stone, Martin Marietta welcomed an unprecedented year in 2009 with net earnings of $85.5 million, despite an overall declining aggregate volume. With more than 285 quarries and distribution facilities in the United States, Bahamas and Nova Scotia, Martin Marietta has remained a leader in the industry for its competitive pricing, location and employees. Not only that, but customers have taken notice of Martin Marietta’s interest in the environment, working with nature in quarries all across the United States to restore rock quarries and enhance furthering assets.

The largest U.S. producer of construction aggregates, Vulcan Materials Company provides crushed stone, sand and gravel to national construction corporations. For several years, the company has been named the top aggregate in the United States with 2009 sales of $2.5 billion. Despite the recent third quarter profit slump, the company is still one of the most prominent aggregate companies around the globe. With more than 300 aggregate production and facilities in 22 states, the Bahamas and Mexico, the company has, among other sites, 173 stone quarries and 48 sand and gravel plants. Its worldwide recognition comes beyond that of the aggregate industry, but the company Tarmac (UK) environment as a whole – appearing on Fortune’s Tarmac is a heavy building materials producer Most Admired Companies eight times, in addition with sites in both the UK and Middle East. The to the top ten for Social Responsibility. company formed in 1901 and has become www.energydigital.com January 2011

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the UK’s largest supplier of aggregates. As an industry veteran, Tarmac works to not only supply their customers with the best available, but also their communities and investors. Featuring more than 100 quarries and 40 recycling units, Tarmac offers clients limestone, hardstone, granite, high PSV, silica sand and china clay sand from their various geological sources. Their recycled materials include Type 1 aggregates, BBA HAUC approved coal lay base/ binder course asphalts, self-compacting foamed concretes and hydraulically bound pathway materials and blended soil products.

Oldcastle Materials (USA)

UK based Aggregates Industries stands out from other aggregates around the world for its certification by the Building Research Establishment to BES 6001 for their sourcing of construction materials. In more than 30 years, Aggregate Industries has created a global name for themselves through their acquisition expansion. The company doesn’t just focus on the aggregates industry, but also asphalt, bespoke and specialist concrete, aggregate blocks, cement, masonry and a variety of other services. Providing clients with primary, secondary and recycled construction aggregates, the company doesn’t discriminate in terms of project size and services, and delivers via road, rail and sea.

Holcim (Sweden)

A global provider of aggregate materials, Swiss based Holicim has more than 70 production sites across the globe. The company provides a variety of specialist products and services to their global client base, but the aggregates is one of their most dominate, becoming a focus in the 1990s. Founded in 1912, the company is continuously growing in emerging and developed markets due to their experienced business strategy, which allows them to always be one step ahead of the rest. Providing essentials for the construction industry, Holcim also supplies ready-mix concrete and asphalt. With more than more 8 0 ,0 0 0 e m p l oye e s , i t s articles diversity is what strengthens Visit this company beyond service Website requirements.

Atlanta, Georgia based company Oldcastle Materials provides construction and paving companies in the United States with aggregates, asphalt and ready mixed concrete. Their operations, while central to the United States – in 42 states – include more than 1400 operations with 18,000 employees. Their aggregates services supply more than 121 million tons of aggregates for 640 facilities, though their projects don’t end there. As one of the largest building suppliers in the United States, Oldcastle Materials, Inc. is also the producer of Sakrete U.S. Cold Patch, a low-VOC asphalt patch with more For feedback and comments please get in touch. than 50 percent recycled content. > feedback@whitedm.com www.energydigital.com January 2011

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Cape Wind Project: Massachusetts

Massachusetts has long been recognized as the “Whaling” State for its efficient use of whale oil as a source of fuel. But it is the 21st century after all, and their attention has turned toward green technologies, and most explicitly, the offshore wind installation at Cape Wind. The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal will house the nation’s first facility to support offshore wind turbine delivery, assembly and installation, and will feature technologies similar to those found in European offshore wind sites. The Cape Wind project was partially approved in November when the Department of Public Utilities moved forward with the 15 year power purchase agreement plan with National Grid. That approval will continue to push the construction of Cape Wind’s project, eventually installing 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound via the experience from more than 800 offshore wind turbines already in place in Europe. “Approval of this contract between Cape Wind and National Grid is a major milestone toward ensuring that the nation’s first offshore wind project will rise off the Massachusetts coast, and that the Commonwealth will gain the benefits in jobs and economic development that come with being the hub of offshore wind in the United States. By determining, through an extensive adjudicatory review, that the contract is cost-effective and in the public interest, this approval also paves the way for the state’s other utilities and power suppliers to purchase the rest of Cape Wind’s power,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles. Once fully approved, at least 18 months of development will include project phases for the construction of turbine manufacturing, upland cable, offshore electric cabling and park www.energydigital.com January 2011

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green technology construction. NSTAR is the proposed location for the land based facility where the electric grid will be connected. This stage uses a traditional electrical cable production route, but will continue for the offshore production of “hydro-plowing,” a process where engineers plant cables six feet below the ocean’s surface. Each specific turbine is constructed on a monopole foundation following extensive research, and will use the experienced offshore equipment and construction techniques from previous offshore wind farms abroad.

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indicated that OPT’s PowerBuoy system can comply with national and international standards for renewable energy sources. The utility PowerBuoy technology converts ocean wave energy into electrical power for grid-connected applications; used specifically in the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii, it has a 40kW output. Currently the location of the PowerBuoy, which was deployed in December 2009, is three quarters of a mile off the coast in Oahu and in water 100 feet deep. Through independent research, OPT’s technologies were approved under national and international standards including UL1741 and IEEE1547, in addition to the National Environmental Policy Act, which gave an FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) result. “OPT has been ocean-testing its technology in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for several years,” said Charles F. Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer. “Our engineers and marine operations personnel have worked hard to bring about this success. Grid connection is another significant milestone in demonstrating the potential for commercial status of our PowerBuoy technology. We thank the Navy and the Naval Facilities group for supporting this project as we move nearer to achieving their goals for the program. more We are pleased to be a part of articles the renewable energy initiatives Visit undertaken by the commander of Website Marine Corps Base Hawaii.”

An ocean’s wave is a powerful thing – not only does it propel surfers and body boarders sideways, backwards and upside down – but it can also create electricity. At least, that’s what Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) is trying to prove. In 1997 the team at OPT began implementing ocean trials off the coast of New Jersey using a floating buoy to capture a wave’s energy. The mechanical stroking caused by each wave movement drives an electrical generator, with the electricity that is generated being transmitted on shore through an underwater power cable. When assembled into a wave farm of multiple PowerBuoys, a 10-megawatt power station would occupy approximately 30 acres of ocean space. In 2003 following listing on the London Stock Exchange, the company turned its attention toward Spanish waters and future work in the UK. Yet 2010 marked its biggest year, when OPT completed the first ever grid connection of a wave energy device in the United States. The development, which For feedback and comments please get in touch. was completed at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, > feedback@whitedm.com www.energydigital.com January 2011

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The Global LNG Forum 2011

Barcelona, Spain The Global LNG Forum 2011 organized by Jacob Fleming, will focus on key issues surrounding the LNG markets such as world-wide market regulation, investments options and unconventional gas resources. In order to gain additional invaluable insights into the industry, renowned speakers will share their accumulated experience and knowledge on the Energy Sector. > Visit Website

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Coal Seam Methane World Australia

Brisbane, Australia The 3rd Annual Coal Seam Methane World Australia will be the leading Coal Seam Methane conference in Australia. The conference will address the issues of meeting the energy demands of Asia through unconventional gas, environmental and commercial aspects of water management and the booming CSM to LNG sector. > Visit Website

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STEEL AND ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES FEDERATION OF SA SEIFSA

STEEL AND ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES FEDERATION OF SOUTH AFRICA

DAVID CARSON

CEO, SEIFSA

Written by Janice Moller

THE STEEL AND ENGINEERING Industries Federation of South Africa (SEIFSA) is a national employer federation representing the metal and engineering industry. SEIFSA has, for the past 67 years, provided active support for its members and lobbied for policies that have improved the business environment in which its members operate. SEIFSA has a dual purpose: to operate at national level as the recognised voice of the metal and engineering industry and at individual member company level by providing a comprehensive range of services and products of direct benefit to members. SEIFSA’s range of services and products includes advice, assistance, consultancy (covering labour legislation, dispute resolution, employment conditions, health and safety, broad-based black economic empowerment, contract price adjustment and skills development), publications, training courses, seminars and conferences. At industry level, SEIFSA acts as the collective bargaining agent for metal industry employers by negotiating collective agreements covering wages, conditions of employment and social security benefit arrangements with the trade unions. At national level, SEIFSA

represents its member companies on various external bodies including Business Unity South Africa (Busa), the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-Based Industries (CEEMET), International Trade Administration Commission, Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Seta (Merseta), Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), Metal Industries Benefit Funds Administrators (Mibfa), National Economic, Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), and the National Skills Authority (NSA) amongst others.

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SEIFSA is the umbrella body for 35 independent employer associations representing a number of sectors in our industry, including air conditioning, bright bar, cable, reinforced concrete, construction, electrical engineering, electronics and telecommunications, electroplating, fastener manufacturing, ferro alloy producers, foundry, galvanisers, gate and fence manufacturers, general engineering, hand tools, lift engineering, metal service centres, non-ferrous metals, pressure vessel fabrication, pump manufacturers, www.energydigital.com January 2011

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sheet metal manufacturing, iron and steel producers and valve manufacturers. The associations currently have a combined membership of around 2,440 companies employing 193,218 hourly-paid workers, almost 60 percent of the industry’s workforce. This makes SEIFSA one of the largest and most influential employer federations in South Africa. Member companies range from giant corporations to micro enterprises. More than 40 percent of our member companies employ fewer than 25 employees. SEIFSA’s operations division comprises four specialist divisions, namely, industrial relations, economic and commercial, skills development and health and safety. The latest developments within the manufacturing and engineering sector are summarised below. Industrial Relations: Given the impact of the economic recession on the manufacturing 46

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sector and the associated difficult trading conditions that most companies are facing, industry took some comfort from the fact that SEIFSA negotiated a four-year wage deal in 2007 and that there consequently were no wage negotiations this year. This was of particular significance in view of the widespread industrial action and strikes experienced in many other sectors and the associated high wage settlements which appeared to fly in the face of difficult trading conditions and employer attempts to retain employment under considerable financial distress. In terms of this year’s wage model, increases of 7.1 percent to 8.1 percent for Rates A (artisans) to H (general labourers) respectively were implemented with effective from 1 July 2010. An important development for SEIFSA and its membership was the submission to Cabinet of draft bills on the regulation of labour broking


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and employment equity. When Cabinet signs off on the Bills, these will be referred to NEDLAC negotiation between business, labour and government. SEIFSA will do everything possible to ensure that the current legal employment practices and processes are protected as far as possible. Economic and Commercial: South Africa is among the world’s largest producers of steel and was ranked 21 out of 40 steel producers by World Steel Association (WSA). In the African continent, South Africa contributes about 48 percent towards the total production of crude steel. The South African primary steel industry is a major contributor to the economy and earns a considerable amount of foreign exchange. The biggest local consumer of steel is the manufacturing sector followed by the building and construction sector. The mining sector is another significant consumer of primary steel products. According to the South African Revenue Service trade data on steel, imports of primary carbon and alloy steel products (excluding semis, stainless steel and drawn wire) went up by 4.1 percent to 56,531 tonnes in March 2010, compared with 54,287 tonnes in February 2010 and an increase of 142.6 percent compared with 23,306 tonnes during March 2009. S k ill s D eve l o p m e nt : SEIFSA was pleased to

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announce in August this year that apprentice intake had exceeded the 4,000 barrier for the first time since 1999. This was seen as cause for minor celebration at the time and the hope was expressed that the magic figure of 5,000 apprentices in training would be reached by the end of 2009. Health and Safety: The profile of occupational health and safety in the steel and engineering industry has been improving over the years. This is a result of the increase in awareness among SEIFSA member companies. In general, small and medium enterprises face bigger challenges with regard to health and safety because of the lack of resources. To ensure that members monitor and evaluate their occupational health and safety systems, SEIFSA introduced a Health and Safety Audit Programme in 2005 to cover specific problems that are faced by the members.

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Waste Management Association of Australia WMAA

Waste Management Association of Australia

Val Southam CEO WMAA

Written by Val Southam

Established in 1991, the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) is Australia’s peak Association for waste management and resource recovery professionals. WMAA’s more than 1000 multi-stakeholder membership includes individuals as well as Corporations, Local and State Governments and academics. Members come from many disciplines – physical and social sciences, engineering, law, government, management, consulting, OH&S and waste and recycling practitioners. WMAA has a network of State Branches, National Divisions and Special Interest Groups that provide the opportunity for networking, communication and involvement in projects aimed to encourage sustainable waste management. Some of these special interest areas include landfill, organics recycling, energy from waste, construction and demolition waste, industrial waste streams and sustainability education.

industry 2. Enhance the skills, knowledge and professional development of membership 3. Facilitate effective communication between members, industry and external stakeholders 4. Effectively engage with government and other relevant stakeholders on behalf of the members 5. Support industry related research and innovation With a growing set of environmental and market demands emerging from a global need for improvements in the efficiency of operations, the economics of wealth creation activities, the utilisation of resources and the management of the environment, a cultural and structural change is necessary if the waste industry is to respond and to survive into the next decade. “To be effective in this challenge, the waste management industry must become The WMAA’s main objectives are to: pro-active in developing solutions within the 1. Support the development of a sustainable operations of our customers. It will no longer waste management and resource recovery be good enough to sit and wait to collect 48

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wastes and emissions at the end of the pipe”, said Val Southam, CEO of WMAA. “The challenge for our members is to create value-added goods out of the by-products of the waste generators and deliver multiple economic and environmental benefits in the process.” Unfortunately, waste generation has continued to grow, and increased efforts at recycling and reuse are not keeping up. Additionally, the nature of waste has changed, with more complex goods now a significant component of landfill. As a result, on 5 July 2010, the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) endorsed the first National Waste Policy Implementation Plan. Until then, the various Australian State Governments

were responsible for waste management within each State. This plan, however, is an effort at a more coordinated national policy framework. The policy sets the direction for Australia over the next 10 years to produce less waste for disposal and manage waste as a resource to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits. It establishes a comprehensive work program for nationally coordinated action on waste across six key areas: • Reducing hazard and risk • Tailoring solutions • Providing the evidence • Taking responsibility • Improving the market • Pursuing sustainability In July 2010, as part of its Enviro 2010 www.energydigital.com January 2011

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Conference and Exhibition, WMAA facilitated a National Policy Workshop. The workshop’s aims were to canvas the waste and resource recovery industry’s response to the National Waste Policy and develop a list of actions that the industry believed it could quickly act on once the National Policy legislative framework was put in place in each State. Ten priority actions were submitted to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPC) for its consideration: • Develop a consistent definition for all wastes • Willingly share industry and government data across jurisdictional boundaries in a consistent form • Assist in the creation of a single point of reference for solutions for regional/remote Australia 50

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• Develop an affordable life cycle analysis assessment tool that can be used by local government officers for procurement • Develop scientific evidence based material characteristic data • Develop a method to prioritise products/ materials against an agreed set of criteria for product stewardship legislation • Foster recycling of new material through a producer responsibility organisation (PRO) • Adopt a national definition for clinical wastes • Develop a nationally consistent economic rationale for landfill levies to assist in establishing appropriate landfill pricing signals to drive resource recovery • Establish working links between the waste and resource recovery industry to brand owners with access to distribution channels for commodities including energy, glass, plastics and e‐waste


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Thus far, two Australian States – Queensland and South Australia – have released their respective waste strategies for public comment. Both these documents set out to outline a new direction for waste and resource management in hope that the reforms will encourage the behavioural change needed to avoid waste, and reuse and recycle precious raw materials. When finalised, the strategies will be the primary documents guiding State and Local Government agencies, business, the waste and resource recovery industry and the community. In this climate of change, the WMAA continues to provide a forum for debate amongst its diverse membership. It also creates multiple opportunities for networking and information exchange; advocacy;

professional development; representation of waste industry interests to government; and affiliation with other local and international organisations such as the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). For more information about joining the Association, please visit www.wmaa.asn.au

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The Chamber of Mines and Energy of Western Australia CME

Resource sector ready to secure national prosperity

By Reg Howard-Smith, Chief Executive of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) Having emerged from the global downturn, Western Australia is poised to cement its position as one of the world’s leading minerals and energy provinces, and a key driver of the state and national economies. However, the right policy settings are crucial if we are maximize the opportunities provided by the next period of sustained economic growth, buoyed by the urbanization of China and increased commodity demand from other emerging economies. In its 109th year, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia’s (CME) diverse membership represents 90 per cent of mineral and energy production in WA. From campaigning for a stable, internationally-competitive taxation regime to working with government to address the looming skills shortage, CME is at the forefront of the industry’s ongoing advocacy efforts. In WA, the resource sector now supports close to half a million direct and indirect jobs and State Treasury forecasts royalty payments will rise to $3.2 billion in the coming year. WA Department of Mines and Petroleum figures show the state achieved just under $71 billion in production value in 2009-10

Reg Howard -Smith CEO of CME

– approaching record levels, and delivering growth of 14 per cent per annum over the last decade. Iron ore, petroleum and gold combined to account for 83 per cent, or $59 billion of all mineral and petroleum sales in the past 12 months, with WA currently leading all other states in mining investment. Capital expenditure for the sector amounted to $21.7 billion last financial year, representing 71 per cent of the state’s total new capital expenditure for this period. Mineral and petroleum exports also made up 89 per cent of WA’s total merchandise exports in 2009-10, with China continuing to be the lead market for our resources. The next wave of WA projects is fast approaching. In the areas of LNG alone, $140 billion worth of investment is planned for the state. If these projects reach their potential, it’s predicted WA will become the second-largest exporter of LNG by 2020. Emerging and existing iron ore players are also ramping up, on the back of strong demand. Expansion of Pilbara operations is well underway and, south of Karratha, construction of a $5.2 billion magnetite ore project is gathering pace. Magnetite projects are also flagged for the Mid www.energydigital.com January 2011

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West and Murchison, most of which will utilise the $4 billion Oakajee Port and Rail development. There’s also potential to mine and process this type of ore on WA’s south coast. With state government policy now supporting the development of a local uranium industry, plans to develop WA’s extensive reserves are well advanced. This emerging sector has the potential to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs and broaden the state’s export profile. Our long-established gold sector continues to go from strength to strength. Apart from a new generation of small and mid-tier Australian producers, life has been breathed into the Boddington gold project south of Perth, and north-east of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, a resource estimate of 5 million ounces has already been identified for the Tropicana Project. 54

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To maintain this fantastic story of growth, maintaining the Australian minerals and energy’s sector international competitiveness will be vital. A quick glance at WA commodities, relative to world production highlights this point. Despite being a significant player, neither WA, nor Australia, has a stranglehold on any major commodity, in terms of world trade. Had the resource rent tax been introduced as first proposed, a total effective tax rate of 57 per cent would have applied to Australian resource projects – making the local mineral resources industry the most highly taxed in the world. CME has long supported the state-based royalty regime – arguing that the WA Government is best-placed to administer mining approvals and associated regulations, and to ensure


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Statistics Type: Energy Location: Australia Founded: XXXX Currency: Aus Dollar (au$) www.cmewa.com revenue derived from local projects, is returned to the communities from where these resources are extracted, in the form of infrastructure and essential services. Apart from resolving this issue, supply of skilled labour, investment in infrastructure and services and streamlining of approval processes will be priorities during the next 12 months. Meeting the increased demand for workers will require a holistic approach, from both industry and government. This includes strengthening skilled migration programs – both overseas and intrastate; targeted investment in skills and training opportunities for skill leavers and the unemployed; and increasing employment participation rates for groups currently underrepresented in the industry. There’s little doubt we are entering a period

of sustained growth. It’s an exciting period in the state’s history and an opportunity to lock-in longterm prosperity. By addressing these issues now and ensuring the right policy settings, we can maximise the opportunities for all Australians.

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Queensland Resources Council

Queensland Resources Council QRC is the not-for-profit peak industry body for the minerals and energy sector in Queensland, representing the interests of more than 200 companies. Witten by Michael Roche, CEO

Queensland’s energy supermarket shelves are well-stacked, with the resources and energy sector contributing 20 percent of Queensland’s state gross product and one in eight Queensland jobs. Mirrored in the diversity of Queensland’s resource assets, QRC’s membership comprises explorers, miners, minerals processers, oil and gas and energy producers, site contractors and an array of service companies and associate members. QRC succeeded the Queensland Mining Council in 2003 to better reflect a diversifying membership, representing coal, metalliferous, oil, energy, coal-seam gas and renewable energy. Juggling industry advocacy and regulation in a multi-commodity environment is what QRC does. As peak representative body for such a broad industry, ensuring Queensland’s resources sector has a regulatory environment conducive to long-term sustainability is an ongoing process, involving collaboration

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between industry, government, stakeholders and kindred bodies. Strong community and stakeholder involvement and world-class strategies to secure skills, infrastructure, safety, exploration, social, environmental, economic and energy security, is pivotal to ensure Queensland’s resource sector remains competitive in a global market. Through a number of committees and working groups QRC works closely with its members to meet the challenges and policy hurdles of the day, recognising that the industry is the foundation of the Queensland economy. Key among QRC’s goals is the retention of the sector’s social licence to operate by promoting its economic, social, safety and environmental credentials. A $50 billion dollar-a-year industry that paid $7.6 billion in taxes and royalties in 2009, the economic benefits of the resources sector to Queensland are unquestionable, yet would be unjustifiable without the unwritten contracts between minerals and energy developers in the communities where they operate. www.energydigital.com January 2011

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QRC and its members’ are committed to taking practical steps to balance sustaining economic growth, the need for affordable energy and the global challenge to reduce greenhouse gases. Volatile government climate change and taxation policies mixed with inconsistent political party promises mean industry must jump a high bar to ensure the world’s minerals and energy demands are not fed by global competitors. The fledgling coal-seam gas and LNG export industry, set to create 18,0000 jobs directly and bolster the sector’s worth to $84 billion by 2020, is subject to the development of sound environmental and regulatory frameworks, with a skilled workforce to match. The Queensland resources sector has enormous earning potential offering the highest weekly wage at $2043 per week, but the 58

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sector’s nation-wide projected skills shortfall of 36,000 tradespeople, 1700 engineers and 3000 geoscientists by 2015 challenges the herculean potential of the industry. Membership of QRC gives members a voice in how the industry tackles regulatory hurdles facing established and upcoming resource industries. Queensland’s future as a global energy supplier depends on strong policy that balances community expectations and co-exists with other industries. QRC’s policy of considering the views of all members, large and small, accounts for its continued membership growth. QRC’s Board comprises 30 representatives from full member coal, non-coal, exploration and contractor members with coal-seam gas, oil or electricity interests – a comprehensive jury. In an increasingly challenging regulatory


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environment, QRC continues to develop strong stakeholder support and implement strong business strategies to achieve long-term sustainability of the minerals and energy sector in Queensland. The backbone of the Queensland economy, a strong, diverse and resilient resource and energy sector is essential to maintaining Queensland’s enviable lifestyle and prosperity.

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On November 29th, 1962 the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta was incorporated and registered with the Registrar of Companies for the Province of Alberta. At the beginning of its development, the ECAA was basically an amalgamation of a number of local associations who recognized the need for a provincial agency uniting all contactors operating in Alberta. The early years were spent developing directions and goals of the Association. Many lengthy meetings were held discussing the problems of the electrical contracting industry and how the Association could best come to grips with the problems that the industry and

membership could properly enhance. Many individual firms and businessmen gave their time and finances to ensure that ECAA would develop into a responsible organization. On May 22, 1992 the ECAA members at their Annual General Meeting unanimously passed a Resolution stating that “the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta proceed forthwith with the application for professionalism and instruct the Past Presidents’ Council to prepare the necessary By-law and other structure changes as required by the Alberta Government.” On May 12, 1993 the ECAA received professional status under the Professional www.energydigital.com January 2011

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and Occupational Associations Registration Act as Professional Electrical Contractors (PEC), making them the first trade Association in North America to grant professional status to electrical contractors. Today, with a membership of over 600 members (contractors, associates and PEC’s) from all areas of the Province, ECAA is a strong tribute to the electrical contractors who gave it birth and nurtured it through difficult times. There is little doubt 62

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that the respect and reputation of ECAA as a truly representative organization of electrical contractors is held high by its members and the construction industry in general. Its voice is sought and heard in all arenas of activity affecting electrical contractors. A completely central office facility located in Edmonton serves as the focal point of all activities and provides the members continuous access to information and services so necessary to their individual businesses.


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mine it Now You Don’t The story of award-winning Amerikohl Mining and how it beat the dark coal industry odds once and can do it again Written by John T. Connelley & Produced by Sam Hustler

Founded in 1978, Amerikohl Mining produces about one million tons of coal, about three quarters a million ton of aggregate and operates about 250 gas wells annually in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Amerikohl Mining, with its headquarters in Butler, Penn. and another office in Stahlstown, Penn., takes as much, if not more, pride in giving back to the landscape as it takes out. Over the last 32 years, Amerikohl Mining has over 500 mining and reclamation sites to its credit. Without placing an emphasis on reclamation, the Company may have been buried like many other companies in the industry. “In the mid ‘80s when the coal business was not very good, a lot of companies failed

here in Pennsylvania and in Maryland,” says John Stilley, President. “We got into the reclamation business on behalf of the surety companies who posted bonds ensuring reclamation to the various regulatory agencies. We worked out an arrangement with the sureties where we replaced their bonds with our bonds and made third-party agreements to complete reclamation at sites not completed by the original operators, which amounts to 150 to 200 of those 500 sites.”

Company Composition

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10 counties in Western Pennsylvania and two counties in Eastern Ohio. The Company runs five coal mine sites and the gas business out of Butler office while two coal mines and a stone quarry are operated in the Stahlstown office, the breakdown purely geographical. Underneath the Amerikohl Mining Inc. umbrella, the Company operates an additional two divisions. The aggregate division is Amerikohl Aggregates and the gas division is Patriot Exploration. Amerikohl Mining has returned to the mines and is principally coal extraction, again. After cleaning up polluted water and other reclamation projects, to stay viable, Amerikohl Mining has benefited from the resurrection of the coal business. Amerikohl Aggregates in Fayatte County does approximately a million tons of blue stone,

a chemical composition of calcium magnesium caronate and silicate oxide. Blue stone is generally used for as a road stone aggregate as well as water lines, sewer lines and infrastructure projects. Patriot Exploration came about in 1980 as an opportunity-based endeavour. Gas prices increased around that time; Amerikohl Mining bought a couple of rigs and began drilling wells in the Upper Devonian formations for 11 years. Most gas extraction is taking place in Utica Shale play in Pennsylvania. “The technology didn’t exist five years ago,” says Stilley. “The shale reserves are so prolific because of the technology that the gas can be produced for significantly less than it can in the Upper Devonian. We are no longer drilling our own wells but, rather, have joint ventures with the bigger players on our acreage. We have about www.energydigital.com January 2011

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20,000 acres of gas reserves.”

Reclaiming Visibility

To date, Amerikohl Mining has won 60 various reclamation awards for its environmental efforts. The reclamation process involves restoring the surface to its pre-mining condition or better, achieved by backfilling the ground to Approximate Original Contour (AOC) and fertilizing, seeding and mulching the areas to establish lush vegetation. Amerikohl Mining has planted approximately 1.6 million trees in the past 10 years and reclaimed over 32,000 acres of farmland. Annually, the Company plants anywhere from a quarter of a million to three quarters of a million trees, winning more awards than any other coal operator in Pennsylvania each year for the last 25 years. Both the Company and the public have benefited from Amerikohl Mining’s reclamation

efforts, as evidence of a 1993 project. In March of that year, one of the Commonwealth’s largest coal producers, Adobe Mining Co., went out of business, leaving behind 11,000 scarred acres in five western Pennsylvania counties. Seventy-eight sites in all required backfilling, seeding, water cleanup and tree planting. This represented a potential multi-million dollar cost to taxpayers. Stilley formed an innovative partnership with the Pennsylvania Depar tment of E nv i r o n m e n t a l P r o te c t i o n a n d t h r e e independent insurance companies to reclaim these sites at no cost to the taxpayers. While Amerikohl Mining is done—for now—cleaning up the messes of others, Stilley takes very seriously the responsibility of stewardship. “We take great pride in how we leave the sites after the coal is extracted,” says Stilley. “Generally, we have the sites totally reclaimed within four weeks after the last load of coal leaves the site. Our reclamation is also very concurrent. I www.energydigital.com January 2011

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can take you to a site that we finished two months energy market’s future, there’s just so much ago, and you couldn’t tell we were ever there.” uncertainty that I can’t,” says Stilley. “We are trying to make sure we are positioned to take advantage of situations Exploring Opportunities With so much uncertainty surrounding the as situations present themselves. I can’t tell energy markets, Amerikohl Mining is going you what the coal is going to be in a year, two to continue to take a wait-and-see approach, years, three years. I can’t tell you what gas identify opportunities and seek to fulfil a need. prices will be. The technology is advancing in Amerikohl Mining will continue to utilize and shale extraction, making it a lot easier. Those develop its skilled 140-strong workforce. same shale reserves are so prolific and can be The Company will keep its predominantly produced at a fraction of the coast compared Caterpillar equipment current by buying and to conventional drilling. Gas prices are down trading six to ten machines a year. from a high of $10 to $14 three years ago to a Ultimately, though, Stilley is cautious to $4 spot price today. We are going to get better make any big plans or commitments. at the extraction and prices will remain low.” “As much as I would like to say I know the While the exact future of the energy market 70

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Statistics Name: Amerikohl Mining Country: USA Est: 1978 Employees: 140 Industry: Energy Premiere Service: Mining and Aggregates Ernest Pond Fines Area Wetland, example of a Reclamation

remains up in the air, Amerikohl Mining’s future can be traced back to its past. The Company has dug out (and filled) a niche before and will surely do it again should it need to. Amerikohl Mining is always exploring new opportunities.

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Management CEO/President: John Stilley Executive Vice President: Gerard Baroffio VP of Operations/Geologist: John Saugrich VP of Finance/Controller: Todd Fiedor Leasing Agent: Mike Hixson

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Concrete communication With plants across the United States, COO George Gilbert tells Energy Digital that sharing knowledge and information is critical to continued success Written by Peter Henderson & Produced by Sam Hustler

Good communication is central to the operations of any successful company, and Texas-based concrete manufacturer Pavestone is no exception. The company, which has 20 plants spread out across the continental United States, promotes a strong network of cooperation and contact between its employees at every level of management. “Everybody knows everybody,” says Pavestone COO George Gilbert. “We encourage a network of peers to talk with one another. We encourage our general managers to call other general managers around the country to find

out how they’ve solved a particular problem, and our plant managers talk to one another, too. That network keeps everybody connected, and keeps fresh ideas going.” This strong communications network is a particular asset for Pavestone, as most of the company’s manufacturing plants are identical to one another. This allows the company to maintain quality control among their product lines, including retaining walls, segmented paving stones, and textured stones for patio and landscaping. The strong centralization in Pavestone’s model also allows for best practices and institutional learning to be www.energydigital.com January 2011

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spread across multiple operations, and Gilbert credits the feedback and cooperation among its employees as one of the core competitive advantages for Pavestone Company. “Information is shared, technology is shared,” he explains. “We don’t have to reinvent the wheel at 16 different plants. Policies are genGeorge Gilbert, COO erated at corporate with input from the field, and the best practices model shares out communication has also helped Pavestone that information about how we’re going to operate develop deep relationships with its clients and back to the field. Even though it’s compartmental- suppliers. These, according to Gilbert, in turn ized in several areas around the country, everything help Pavestone manufacture a better product is transferable from one plant to another.” and ensure that their merchandise meets the requirements of their customers. “Our vendors are very important to use in STRONG VENDOR RELATIONSHIPS terms of ensuring a consistent supply of good T h e c o m p a n y ’s s t r o n g c o m m i t m e n t t o quality materials,” he explains. “With our sand

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supplier profile: cemex A Concrete Commitment to Sustainability CEMEX understands that, as an industry leader, it is critical to be environmentally conscientious in all aspects of our business. We are committed to preserving the environment while providing superior solutions to customers and other stake holders. Our accomplishments made us recipient of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for outstanding energy management and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions‌ An honor we have earned for the second year in a row. At CEMEX we constantly strive to develop innovative solutions to our customers’ material requirements. That means you can rely on us to deliver the service solutions to help you build it better.

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& aggregate, cement suppliers, and pigment people, consistency is absolutely paramount to us. We’re very slow to change vendors. We have very long-term relationships with most of our vendors, because they do a good job, they understand our business, and they respond to our needs.�

YEARS OF GROWTH

Pavestone’s other plants are involved in more specialized manufacturing, as the firm has pursued an policy of growth over the past decade and added new product lines and capacity. Pavestone has acquired or opened more than eight facilities over the past decade, including operations in Georgia, New Mexico, and Texas. These have given them the ability to produce new products like bagged rock goods and vertical stone for interior and exterior residential veneers.


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When Gilbert joined the company in 1982, it had only one small plant and 40 employees. Now, Pavestone services 40 states and employs over 1200 people. The company has a large sales division and sells products to commercial contractors and developers, as well as residential customers through retail outlets like Home Depot, Wal-mart, and many local lawn & garden areas. Gilbert takes pride in Pavestone’s strong brand awareness, among both its retail and commercial customers. “We have the strongest name recognition in the industry,” he says. “We’ve done a very good job with that.”

manufacturing, and the company encourages continual education among its senior managers in the latest methods for an optimized production line. The company’s operations also depend on an in-house trucking fleet for both inbound aggregates and outbound finished goods. The firm employs contract carriers as well to provide flexibility in the supply chain. All of this, Gilbert says, is done in service to the customer, to provide a better product at a lower cost. As a par t of their lean manufacturing ambitions, Pavestone utilizes all the latest technology in its production process. Much of the manufacturing is done with robots, and the company uses inventor y-management and maintenance-control software systems BETTER PROCESSING WITH that allow managers and operators to predict future demand and keep its machines ROBOTS Lean manufacturing is a core part of Pavestone’s running smoothly. www.energydigital.com January 2011

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“We have state-of-the-art equipment in all of our manufacturing plants,” says Gilbert. “There are very few people on a shift, and our product is virtually not handled by humans until it reaches the end user. Everything is robotic and highly computerized.”

CHALLENGES & THE FUTURE

The troubles in the housing market and the wider economy have affected Pavestone’s business, but Gilbert credits its diverse product lines and its interests in both retail and commercial markets with helping his company weather the economic storm. “For the industry, it has been pretty dramatic,” he says. “There have been declines in the volume of manufacturing and sales throughout the entire 78

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industry, particularly in the construction market, but for the retail outlets sales have been pretty steady. We’ve seen decline, but not nearly as precipitous because of our business model. We’ve kept our core group of people, so when the market does return we can just add general labour and extend our shifts back out.” Much of Pavestone’s success has been built on its ability to grow both organically and through acquisitions, and Gilbert sees that trend continuing into the future. The company, he believes, will leverage its strong brand into more diverse product lines while still adhering to the principles that have grown Pavestone from a small start-up to a thriving success. “We’re going to continue to diversify, to have the home & garden centres carry more and more of our products,” he says. “We see


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a business that’s going to be larger in scope. There are two or three areas of the country that we don’t service now, and we anticipate moving into those markets in order to cover the lower 48 states. We have a very strong company that’s surviving the downturn. We’ll come out of this even stronger than we went into it.”

Statistics Name: Pavestone Company Est: 1980 Employees: 1200 Premiere Service:Energy/ Aggregates Revenue: $300 million

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Thoroughly Impresses With Its Performance Top environmental construction firm supplies seamless, cost-effective solutions to complex projects in the Tri-State Area Written by Laurie Baratti In 2011, Posillico will celebrate its 65th anniversary as a leader in public works projects — a status which it has achieved by combining an ironclad commitment to quality performance with an unrivalled, family-based work ethic. Incorporated in 1946 under the presidency of Joseph D. Posillico, Sr. as a small trucking contractor, the company has grown to become one of the top engineering contracting firms in the Tri-State area. The business began its work during the construction of suburbia on Long Island as ‘J.D. Posillico, Inc.’, hauling brick to build new homes for returning GI’s. Now, faced with new challenges from an aging suburbia, Posillico has developed an integrated construction approach to solving regional transportation, environmental and developmental problems. Today, Posillico has three office locations, with an office in New York City, another in New Jersey, and its main office located in www.energydigital.com January 2011

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Farmingdale, NY. Now in its third successful generation as a familyowned business, the company currently employs as many as four hundred people and serves the entire Tri-State area. The Group prides itself on its knowledge and ability to innovate new Tom Spatafora, Senior Vice President ways of solving complex construction problems, completing all projects safely, on time, on target, and on budget. Senior Vice President, Tom Spatafora, complex to work in than the Tri-State area, and summarizes the strength of the company, citing Posillico prides itself on a hard-earned, deep its, “ability to take a complex job and make it look understanding of the construction industry in the easy,” by providing its clients with seamless, cost- New York Metropolitan area. Civil construction effective construction solutions. in the New York area is difficult at best, but that’s exactly where Poscillico built its solid reputation. Posillico has spent the better part Competitive Advantage: There may be no construction environment more of 60 years perfecting its practice. As veterans www.energydigital.com January 2011

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in the industry, there aren’t many kinds of heavy construction jobs they haven’t seen, nor are there many government agencies they haven’t dealt with before. Posillico performs a good percentage of its work for public agencies, including NYSDOT, NYSDEC, NYCDEP, SCDPW, as well as working with many local utilities and fulfilling plenty of contracts coming from the private business sector. Over the course of the past decade, Posillico has developed a more highly-integrated construction approach to solving regional transportation, environmental and developmental problems. The company’s business units were recently rebranded and renamed to better unite

them within a single organization. They are: Posillico Civil, Inc.; Posillico Materials, LLC; Posillico Environmental, Inc.; Posillico Drilling, Inc.; Posillico Consulting, LLC; Posillico Development, LLC. Spatafora cites the company’s capacity for seamless services integration and performing full turnkey operations as being possibly its primary competitive advantage. Leveraging the specialized strengths supplied by each of its six separate business units, the company has the ability to self-perform operations on all stages & areas of a project. It enjoys this position thanks to an ability to supply its own equipment, the extreme dedication and dexterity of its workforce, and the combined expertise on www.energydigital.com January 2011

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Posillico supplier profile: CETCO CETCO offers gas vapor mitigation and sediment capping products as well as lining technologies for use in a variety of waste containment applications including coal combustion residuals. BENTOMAT geosynthetic clay liners combine low permeability VOLCLAY sodium bentonite and durable, highstrength geotextiles to form an effective hydraulic seal. CETCO also offers contracting services in a variety of capacities including design build contractor, general contractor, and specialty subcontractor depending on the project needs. Our experience spans all types of geosynthetic materials and some of the most challenging jobs, allowing us to evaluate engineering alternatives and their associated costs for design and construction.

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each project of seasoned professionals from among its specialized business units, which extends across multiple, diverse disciplines. In this way, Posillico is able to maintain control over each aspect of construction and sees its customers’ projects through to their completion, ensuring optimum quality, as well as saving time and money.

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Spatafora relates Posillico’s long-held belief that, “Yes, we’re in the construction business, but we’re really in the people business.” This philosophy informs the company’s relationship with everyone, from its employees and customers to business associates, and the community at large. With many of the staff being third generation workers within the company themselves, and www.energydigital.com January 2011

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others having worked there for 30 or 40 years now, Posillico remains a primarily employee-driven business. As such, the company provides tremendous opportunities for its people to engage in training Tom Spatafora, Senior Vice President programs for project management, new software & technologies. The company firmly believes in investing in its existing workforce and in the building valuable to the company. of its individual employees, so no expense The continuous improvement of Posillico’s is spared in providing continued education. safety performance is evident by the company’s Leadership and project management training is OSHA recordable incident rate (RIR) during the implemented to elevate standard of excellence last three years. The current RIC is lower than across all business units, and extensive effort is the industry average. Posillico says that active put forth to cross-train people for new areas of participation from all employees in health and involvement. This rather unusual approach has safety programs, and policies is essential in the made Posillico’s workforce highly dependable success of safe production. and adaptable, and each of its employees very Management is determined to make www.energydigital.com January 2011

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the company’s project sites incident-free. A dedicated staff of health and safety professionals works closely with each project team to identify the project’s unique Health and Safety needs and isolate potential hazards before the start of each contract. The commitment to safety begins at the highest levels of management, extends through all levels of supervision, and is clearly communicated to all craft personnel, who participate in weekly ‘toolbox’ talks and safety meetings, as well as attending task-specific safety briefings at the beginning of each work shift. Posillico safety and supervisory staff perform continuous monitoring of the work environment to identify and eliminate potential hazards before they occur, and performs routine audits to assure full company and regulatory compliance.

Should an accident actually occur, an incident review team is immediately formed to uncover the factors which led to the incident, and is tasked with producing corrective measures to prevent reoccurrence.

Sustainability Efforts:

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(USGBC) (www.usgbc.org) and the ‘National Brownfield Association’ ( NBA) (w w w. brownfieldassociation.org), among other organizations. As a developer, it works to improve the quality-of-life in the Tri-State region to reclaiming and revitalizing sites, rather than developing untouched organic land. The fact is simply that the New York Metropolitan area has run out of Greenfield property, and every future construction and development project will likely require some level of remediation. Back in 1991, Posillico recognized this trend in construction and began to align itself to this critical new direction. It has since tackled projects of every kind, from remediation of Brownfield sites to waterfront 92

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revitalization and energy-efficient housing. The company’s exper tise in urban engineering and excavations of hazardous environments, combined with a deep sensitivity and sense of responsibility to the surrounding communities, makes Posillico uniquely qualified to safely and efficiently change the landscape of some of the most blighted properties in the Tri-State region. Its environmental work is providing new possibilities for property usage and reducing the threat of contamination to human health, which, in turn, provides new job opportunities. 2010 marks the third consecutive year that the company has been ranked among the ‘Top 200 Environmental Firms’ by Engineering News


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Statistics Name: Posillico Country: United States Est: 1946 Employees: 300-400 Industry: Construction/Energy/ Environmental Premiere Service: top engineering/ environmental contracting firms in New York URL: www.posillicogroup.com Record (ENR), as well as making its list of the ‘Top 400 Contactors’ in the United States for second consecutive year. The company’s continued leadership in sustainability is proving that no single function is more important to today’s construction, and that no company can perform it better than Posillico.

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Management CEO, President: Joseph K. Posillico Executive VP, Strategic Business Development: Michael J. Posillico Senior VP, Field Operations: Joseph D. Posillico III Senior VP, Finance & Administration, Secretary/Treasurer: Paul F. Posillico

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