SLR Consulting extends service offering in Africa
SLR Consulting has acquired CCA Environmental Pty (Ltd), a South African specialist consultancy firm with blue chip clients across the oil and gas, minerals, infrastructure, energy and waste sectors.
CCA, based in Cape Town, has established an enviable reputation across South Africa, Namibia, and Mauritius since it was founded by Jonathan Crowther and Fuad Fredericks in 2004.
In the oil and gas sector, CCA’s expertise includes project managing Environmental Management Plans (EMPs), developing Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), as well as permitting for new offshore oil and gas fields. Key clients include Shell, Exxon, Total and Anadarko.
CCA also provides environmental consultancy services on linear infrastructure projects for government agency clients, including South Africa’s National Roads Agency and Western Cape Government. Waste-related work includes a recent EIA for a new regional landfill site to service the Cape Town Metropolitan Area for the next 30 years.
The move establishes SLR as the market leader in southern Africa for EIA-related work with a 37-strong team of highly experienced technical professionals. Like SLR, CCA has a high level of client retention, with the majority of its work generated from clients of more than five years’ standing.
SLR’s CEO Neil Penhall said: “SLR and CCA are a great match and this move will provide another platform from which to extend the wide range of technical services offered to clients in sub-Saharan Africa and throughout the world. CCA’s expertise in upstream activities, including exploration, pipeline and field development will be of particular interest to oil and gas clients seeking to develop opportunities in southern Africa’s exploration hot spots.”
Jonathan Crowther, founder director of CCA, said: “SLR’s approach to promoting best practice and assisting clients in securing permit consents and a Social Licence to Operate, mirrors our position that development needs to be socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. We are delighted to be part of the SLR team.”
This is SLR’s fifth acquisition in southern Africa. It will provide further leverage to promote the company’s multi-disciplinary offering to new and existing clients in regulatory compliance, Social Licence to Operate (SLTO) engineering, HSE services and EIAs across the expanding sub-Saharan market.
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