The announcement in June that WSP has entered into a global agreement with Schlumberger to secure its industrial water consultancy business is excellent news for water services in Africa. Combining the strength of expertise in WSP’s existing environmental business with that of Schlumberger’s African team creates an unrivalled water resource expertise, including hydrology and hydrogeology, across mining, oil & gas, power, industry and more.
“We know that water management is of major concern in Africa, and many of our clients are looking for more effective ways to manage this scarce resource. Bringing the expertise from Schlumberger into our stable expands our capacity to provide our clients with the best possible advice on the supply, management, and protection of water resources,” says Sean Doel, Managing Director, Environment & Energy at WSP in Africa.
With extensive experience in Africa from both companies, this combined team of water services experts deepens WSP’s offering in the water sector, and allows the team to provide clients with here-and-now solutions, as well as advice on future proofing their businesses.
“We are pleased about the prospect of joining WSP as our operations are complementary, and expect to create new opportunities for our employees and our clients,” says John McCartney, business manager, Industrial Water Consultancy, Schlumberger.
In ensuring sustainable development in Africa, it is critical to manage the continent’s water resources well. The issue is top of mind in South Africa, where the effects of drought have been increasingly noticeable to citizens. “But the challenge is one that needs to be taken on across the continent if our clients are to expand successfully and sustainably. We look forward to putting our expertise and effort behind them, with a stronger team and expanded capability,” concludes Doel.