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HLG launches Advance Water and Environment 28 November 2012

HLG launches Advance Water and Environment

The Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has joined forces with Australia’s leading engineering, contracting and services provider, John Holland, to create Advance Water and Environment. 

Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Advance Water and Environment is set to become the region’s preferred water and environment contractor, combining the local knowledge of HLG with the technical expertise of John Holland’s Water & Enviro business – an industry leader with more than 30 years’ experience in the delivery of major public sector water and wastewater projects. 

HLG CEO and Managing Director Jose Antonio Lopez-Monis welcomed today’s launch of Advance Water and Environment at the MEED Water and Wastewater Conference in Abu Dhabi, and said the company was uniquely placed to pursue water and environment opportunities in the region.

“Water and water-related projects are key growth markets for HLG. Advance Water and Environment, and the strength of both HLG and John Holland places us in an excellent position to take advantage of the increasing opportunities in this growing sector.

“This strategic partnership will put us at the forefront of desalination, wastewater treatment and recycling, water storage & transmission, and specialist environmental projects in the region.”

Driven by population growth and an increasing demand for modern infrastructure, it is expected that more than US$50 billion will be invested in GCC water-related projects over the next five years.

“Given the size, complexity and specialist skills required for this market, Advance Water and Environment is in the enviable position of being able to tap into the expertise of its joint venture partners, HLG and John Holland, and more broadly with our shared parent companies – the Leighton Group, HOCHTIEF and ACS – to deliver early and effective entry into this sector in the Gulf region.

“The establishment of this new specialist business aligns with HLG’s strategy to diversify into new markets and new geographies. Our initial focus is on delivering more projects in Qatar, where we already have a strong track-record with Kahramaa, and pursuing more opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq,” Mr Lopez-Monis said.

Greg Taylor, General Manager of John Holland’s Water and Environment business, said the launch of Advance Water and Environment is part of John Holland’s strategy of further penetrating international markets by exporting its specialist capabilities and engaging with local partners.

“John Holland’s unparalleled experience and technical expertise has seen it deliver some of the most challenging and technically complex projects around Australasia. We are proud to bring our skills and ingenuity to new partnerships with other Leighton Group companies in offshore markets,” he said.


Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) and Advance Water and Environment (AWE):

Chris Gordon

 M: +971 (0) 50 654 9415



John Holland

Nicola Mitchell

M: +61 (7) 3867 7154



Advance Water and Environment

Advance Water and Environment is a provider of specialist water, wastewater and environmental contracting services in the Middle East and North Africa.

Combining the local resources and experience of the Habtoor Leighton Group, with the impressive international water and environmental expertise of the Leighton Group’s John Holland, Advance Water and Environment’s skilled team has a proven track record in the successful delivery of complex, high-quality water infrastructure and environmental projects across Australia, South-East Asia and the Middle East.  

Advance Water and Environment offers full service delivery for all its client’s needs in the areas of water treatment including desalination; wastewater treatment & water recycling; water storage & transmission networks; waste management; renewable energy and specialist environmental projects.

Habtoor Leighton Group

The Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) is one of the leading diversified international contractors in the Middle East and North Africa. The Group employs 25,000 people and operates in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iraq, Bahrain and Afghanistan. HLG is part of the Leighton Group, Australia’s largest project development and contracting group with annual revenues exceeding US$18 billion. 

John Holland

John Holland, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leighton Holdings Limited, is one of Australia’s leading engineering, contracting and services providers to the infrastructure, energy and resources, and transport services sectors. 

John Holland’s Water & Enviro business is an industry leader in the delivery of major public sector water projects. The Group also provide water treatment and distribution solutions to the expanding irrigation, mining and coal seam gas sectors, and are delivering emerging projects in the environment sector.