The water and wastewater capability of leading projects firm, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) in Asia has further strengthened with the recent move of Water Engineering Specialist Phil Von Huben to the region.
Mr Von Huben is now based in SKM’s Kuala Lumpur office, relocating from Sydney to help grow the local team’s skills in this area.
He brings more than 13 years’ experience working in the water industry and is eager to share his knowledge with Asian clients, especially in projects where the utilisation of renewable energy is being explored.
“One recent trend in Australia, which is applicable to Malaysia, is the increased focus that utility companies are paying to their operating costs, led largely by rising energy costs,” Mr Von Huben said.
“This has led to SKM undertaking a number of audits and studies on energy and resource efficiency for water utilities, including cost effective green technologies,” he said.
He gave an example of where SKM successfully assisted a client to save over US$1 million per annum on energy costs using this approach.
Mr Von Huben has had heavy involvement in water facilities, particularly water and wastewater treatment plant projects in Australia.
He has also worked on a number of recycling projects including the Camellia Recycling Project and the Western Sydney Replacement Flows Project in Sydney.
In more recent times, he undertook energy audits of water and wastewater treatment plants for Hunter Water Corporation and Orange City Council.
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Sinclair Knight Merz is a leading projects firm, with global capability in strategic consulting, engineering and project delivery. It operates across the Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, deploying some 7,000 people from more than 40 offices.