& Veatch creating solutions for earthquake and tsunami
emergency support project
Restoration and rehabilitation work by Black & Veatch began in late August across the Aceh province and in Nias Island North Sumatra province. The company is working with Provincial Irrigation Projects and Provincial and District Water Resources Services staff on the implementation of all components of the project. Transfer of knowledge and skills to government agency personnel will occur through both formal training and on-the-job experience.
We were all shocked by the tsunami and the earthquakes, but it was particularly devastating to those Black & Veatch staff with personal links to Aceh," said Nick Townsend, B&V Water Asia regional director of client services. "We were invited by the Indonesian Government to assist with relief efforts and damage assessments within a few days of the destruction, and we rapidly mobilized diverse resources to do so.
Our team has now returned to North Sumatra for the rehabilitation and restoration work.” Townsend said Black & Veatch brings to the project proven management as well as technical skills and experience in addressing uncertainty.
The company will assist in restoring the irrigation facilities to 24,300 hectares (60,021 acres) along the northeast and southwest coasts in Aceh and in rehabilitating 7,000 hectares (17,290 acres) in the heavily damaged areas on the west coast of Aceh province. In addition, the project will focus on 2,300 hectares (5,750 acres) in the heavily damaged areas in the Nias Island, North Sumatra province.
Black & Veatch previously provided support for the initial damage assessment surveys carried out by the government. As part of the Marine and Coastal Resources Management Project in Indonesia, a component of which the company was managing at the time of the disaster, Black & Veatch also developed a comprehensive geo-database. As a result, the company will soon commence a nearshore marine survey in Aceh and establish a draft coastal zonation plan.
& Veatch has broad experience in the provinces of Aceh and
was hardest hit among the countries affected by the earthquake
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The earthquake that followed on March 28, 2005, in the Nias Island, North Sumatra province caused additional damages to infrastructure, further impacting the livelihoods of the provinces.
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