ENVIRONMENTAL firm SLR Consulting has bought a businesses in Namibia, its fifth acquisition in 20 months.
The company picked up Bittner Water Consult CC as part of its plans to grow in the African mining sector. It recently added Metago and GreenEng in Southern Africa, and also acquired Alaskan energy sector firm Hoefler Consulting Group and Australian infrastructure consulting company Heggies last year.
The Oxford firm has an office in Newcastle where it employs 40 people, and has 360 staff in the UK with about 1,000 in total across the globe. It boasts 63 offices worldwide, and works in sectors such as oil and gas, renewables and waste management.
SLR chief executive David Richards said the Bittner deal was “part of a long term strategic expansion for SLR”.
He said: “If you look at the history of the company, we set it up in the UK first. We’ve got a full service environmental supplier in the UK, with everything from archaeology to landscape architecture and geology. There aren’t that many companies around the world that offer this full service.
“We tend to buy a platform which is of a reasonable size and add expertise to it, either organically or by bolt-on acquisitions.”
Bittner is a groundwater consulting firm which offers sustainable development, protection and management of ground and surface water for clients including private firms, government bodies and mining multi-nationals. Recent projects include the groundwater modelling of the Omitiomire Copper Mine. SLR is particularly focused on the mining, energy, infrastructure and waste management sectors at the moment.