17 May 2002 – Engineering and management consultant Mott MacDonald has acquired the business of capital project consultants Franklin & Andrews, it was announced Thursday.

No financial details of the transaction involving the two UK private companies, which was completed 7 May, have been released.

In a statement, the firms said that by joining forces they would strengthen and expand the project delivery capabilities of both companies. Franklin & Andrews and its subsidiaries Osprey PMI and Capro Consulting are to operate as a separate business within the Mott MacDonald Group.

The addition of Franklin & Andrews 700 staff will bring the group up to a 7000-strong workforce with a £400m turnover, operating globally in over 100 countries.

“Together we can offer our customers a total project delivery capability in all sectors, taking us to a whole new level of service provision ” said Mott MacDonald chairman Tim Thirlwall. Franklin & Andrews’ chairman Martin Bishop commented, “Mott MacDonald and Franklin & Andrews together will form a truly world-class organisation engaged in development touching many aspects of everyday life – from energy, transport, water and the environment to building, industry, education and communications.”

Bishop, along with Franklin & Andrews chief executive, Guy Leonard, are to join the board of Mott MacDonald.

Franklin & Andrews’ business in the energy sector covers all aspects of management consultancy, project management and commercial management of capital asset development – from initial concept and planning, through construction, to operation of the built facility.

Mott MacDonald’s energy business – encompassing all the latest technologies – also spans the entire development cycle, with the added inclusion of design engineering, site supervision and commissioning plus technical advisory services for banks, owners and governments on private power schemes and electricity industry privatisations.

In the oil and gas market both firms are already providing complementary services on Shell Petroleum’s gas gathering projects in Nigeria – Franklin & Andrews is advising on contracting processes and strategies for a series of schemes while Mott MacDonald is undertaking detailed engineering design for EPC contractor Daewoo on the Cawthorne Channel Associated Gas Gathering project.

Mott MacDonald’s current energy portfolio includes engineering design for Iceland’s B?darh?ls hydroelectric scheme, Oman’s 700 km Salalah gas pipeline, several large power stations such as Bilbao’s 800 MW CCGT plant,
transmission systems up to 500 kV and two of the world’s largest MSF desalination projects – Saudi Arabia’s Shoiba 100mgd plant and the UAE’s Fujairah 100 mgd plant. It also acts in an advisory role for lenders and developers on private power projects in countries including Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, Spain and Guatemala.

Franklin & Andrew’s latest energy sector commissions include a three-year partnership with BNFL on all UK plants, the £50m South Humberside power plant for ABB Power Generation, a combined heat and power plant in Grangemouth and Ereglisi natural gas plant in Marmara, Turkey.