BLACK & VEATCH PROFESSIONAL PETER HYDE RECEIVES “FRIENDSHIP AWARD” FROM CHINA
Beijing, China (October 4, 2006) – Peter Hyde, Chief Engineer with Black & Veatch’s global water business, has been honored with the “Friendship Award” conferred by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs in China. Hyde collected the Award on Sept. 29 at a ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. The ceremony was presided over by Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu.
The award, which was launched in 1991, is the top award given by the Central Government to foreign experts. It has been conferred on more than 850 international specialists who have worked in China and recognizes those foreign experts that have made significant contributions to China’s modernization drive.
Hyde was nominated by the Songliao Water Resources Commission for work he performed for the commission as the international team leader on the Songhua River Flood Management Sector Project. This is an Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded project that seeks to reduce flood damage through improved integrated river basin management and upgrading of flood protection infrastructure, including heightening and reinforcing of 540km of flood control dikes and the rehabilitation and upgrading of existing reservoirs for wetland management and water storage.
“Mr. Hyde made an impact on the project from the moment he arrived,” said Mr Li Jinxiang, Deputy Director of the Songliao Water Resources Committee. “His extensive experience, conscientious working style and humanitarianism contributed greatly to those who worked on the project along with those who knew him socially.”
Hyde was based in China for 12 years beginning in 1994, where he worked on five high-profile development projects that were funded by the World Bank and the ADB. In 1996, he was granted the title of Excellent Foreign Expert by the Liaoning Provincial Government. Hyde recently returned to the UK and is working for Black & Veatch’s water business in Peterborough, where he is leading an engineering team working on 14 fast-track wastewater treatment projects for Anglian Water.
“It’s been a great opportunity for me to learn a little bit about this complex country and culture,” Hyde said. “Just doing my job – and being prepared to share the benefits of my education and experience with local engineers – was a most rewarding experience. I would encourage all professionals to go and work in China should the opportunity arise. Black & Veatch is committed to applying its full resources in support of both water and energy projects that benefit China.”
About the Songliao Water Resources Commission (SWRC)
The SWRC is responsible to the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources for integrated river basin management in the Songhua and Liao river basins in Northeast China and the area that encompasses Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning Provinces; and parts of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The SWRC is headquartered in Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province, and is responsible for coordinating water resources protection, the provision and use of water resources, as well as flood and drought control and management. SWRC is one of several similar organizations in China, each charged with managing strategic water bodies that traverse several local administrative jurisdictions.
About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch Corporation is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, information and government market sectors. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch develops tailored infrastructure solutions that meet clients’ needs and provide sustainable benefits. Solutions include conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, information technology, environmental, security design and consulting, and management consulting services.
Black & Veatch’s water business provides innovative, technology-based solutions to utilities, governments and industries worldwide. Local project managers work with a global team of water and wastewater treatment process experts to address site-specific challenges through a broad range of consulting, study, planning, design, design-build and construction management services. The employee-owned company has more than 90 offices worldwide. Black & Veatch is ranked on the Forbes “500 Largest Private Companies in the United States” listing. The company’s Web site address is www.bv.com.
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