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Two contract awards from USAID will support infrastructure development

Broomfield, Colo., December 21, 2011 – MWH Global announced today two contract awards that expand the organization’s commitment to international development through providing comprehensive engineering services to U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) missions in Haiti and Pakistan.

MWH is conducting a feasibility study for port infrastructure in northern Haiti. An MWH-led team will assess the feasibility of developing port operations along the North Haiti Development Corridor, ultimately providing recommendations for sound investment decisions for future facilities. Satisfying the demand for port infrastructure equipped to handle bulk and containerized cargo will be instrumental in the economic growth of the country, one of the poorest in the world.

The $2.8 million contract will include a market demand and project finance structure study, economic feasibility analysis, and the preparation of a detailed technical study including geotechnical, environmental assessment, operational performance, water supply system, emergency response, access roads and institutional and regulatory assessment. The project is expected to be complete in May 2012.

MWH is also part of a project team awarded a contract to support the USAID mission in Pakistan. MWH is a member of the team led by Pakistan-based National Development Consultants (NDC) Pvt. Ltd. to support USAID’s Pakistan Office of Infrastructure. The scope of the $120 million contract covers a wide-range of services including planning, design, technical support and collaboration and coordination with stakeholders to support key sectors of transportation, vertical structures, water control infrastructure, water and sanitation, and energy and power.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with USAID to support their missions in Haiti and Pakistan,” says Sandra Shuster, director of International Development for MWH. “The MWH mission of Building a Better World is exemplified in our commitment to these key infrastructure improvement projects that support the growth of developing countries and improve the lives of its citizens.”

MWH has supported the energy and infrastructure needs of Pakistan for more than 60 years and has been instrumental in the sustainable development of water and energy resources for the country. Projects have included flood control, irrigation, energy generation and transmission, and include the Mangla Dam and spillway and the 1,450 MW Ghazi-Barotha Hydropower Project. The organization also has great depth of geographic experience in Haiti and other developing Caribbean nations, alongside international expertise in the engineering and design of ports and waterways.

MWH has partnered with USAID for more than 35 years, supporting its mission in countries throughout the world including Guyana, Sudan, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Afghanistan and the Philippines. Current work spans a broad scope in terms of geography, facilities and services and includes broad technical assistance and advice in support of the USAID mission.