A DENBIGHSHIRE firm has won a major contract to help build a city in West Africa.
Waterco Consultants, based in Ruthin, will be working in partnership with CARES (Nigeria) Ltd to carry out technical assessment works on Phase 1 of the Lekki Free Trade Development Zone (FTDZ), which aims to build a new city in Lagos, Nigeria.
Waterco Consultants specialises in water, drainage and flood risk management and is one of the many companies that have won contracts from the development which aims to create 300,000 direct jobs and 600,000 indirect jobs in Nigeria in the next five years.
Waterco Consultants will be making a technical assessment of the new navigation canals and drainage infrastructure. This will provide connectivity to the Atlantic Ocean via an inland lake.
Managing director Peter Jones said he was delighted that Waterco was involved in such a prestigious project particularly as, with their partners CARES (Nigeria), they had beaten off strong international competition to be awarded the contract to provide the technical assessment work.
Mr Jones said: ”It is encouraging to see that due consideration is being given to sustainability and environmental impact at the very start of the planned development and I am hopeful that more detailed design work will follow from Nigeria. We are also currently bidding for works in Lebanon, Kenya and Abu Dhabi.
“While domestically Waterco is extremely busy with Utility Work and Flood Risk Assessments the UK market is likely to remain variable for the foreseeable future and the opportunity to expand the business portfolio with overseas work is very exciting.”
The work will involve hydraulic modelling of flood risk, drainage, water quality, navigation and salt water intrusion.
The consultancy has a team of six hydraulic modellers, led by Ruthin man Chris Lewis, who said that the same hydraulic modelling software and methods used in the UK will be applied.