New Scots-Irish partnership targets environmental sector

Environmental and engineering solutions group IKM Consulting have announced the formation of a new partnership with a leading Irish consultancy.

IKM, which provides engineering and environmental services to a wide range of public and private sector organisations is joining forces with Fehily Timoney and Company, one of Ireland’s leading specialists in wind farm development.

Alistair Kean, director of IKM, commented: “The initial impetus for the partnership was the growing number of opportunities presented by the onshore and offshore renewable energy sector in Scotland”.

“Fehily Timoney has a track record of nearly 60 completed wind farm developments across Ireland. We see huge potential in gaining access to that experience and expertise whilst Fehily Timoney in turn will benefit from IKM’s knowledge of the Scottish market, planning system and regulatory authorities”.

IKM’s clients include BP, Shell Exploration, INEOS, BAE Systems, Barratt Homes and Scottish & Newcastle as well as several local authorities including Glasgow, Aberdeenshire, East Lothian, Highlands & Islands and Falkirk Councils. The firm has 60 staff at offices in Grangemouth, Perth, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Alistair Kean continued: “We have identified the alternative energy market as a key focus for our 2010 business plan and the link-up with Fehily Timoney and Company has been made at an opportune moment given the current vibrancy of the renewables sector in Scotland.”

“IKM’s experience of Environmental Impact Assessments and complex engineering on a range of projects combined with Fehily Timoney’s extensive experience in the renewables sector will deliver synergies which will have enormous appeal for our energy clients, both on land and around our coastal waters.”

A further area of collaboration will be on waste related work with both companies keen to expand their workload in this rapidly changing market.

Alistair Kean concluded: “We are very excited by this opportunity and see great potential for both companies to expand in these sectors by combining their respective strengths.

Fehily Timoney’s senior consultant Gerry O’Sullivan, said: “There is an enormous amount of highly complex study work required by both the energy and waste industries at the current time. Both sectors are going through a revolutionary change and independent consultancies need to be forward thinking and dynamic to capture their share of the work.”

“There is a wealth of experience and expertise across these two companies and pooling our resources via this new partnership can only be beneficial.”

Fehily Timoney, which employs 100 staff at offices in Dublin and Cork, has worked in renewable energy for over ten years with project work including both onshore and offshore wind farms, small hydro schemes, feasibility studies, climate change and carbon auditing, facilities siting and design. The firm has provided professional services in relation to approximately 60 onshore wind energy projects throughout Ireland and one of the largest offshore developments in the world at Arklow Bank.

Further information on IKM is available at www.ikmconsulting.co.uk and on Fehily Timoney at http://www.fehilytimoney.ie

Contact: Kevin Macnaught
Phone: 0141 333 9585
Email: kevin@bigpartnership.co.uk