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SLR Acquires Australia’s GSS Environmental Consultancy


Global environmental firm, SLR Management Limited, which has its US headquarters in Bothell, Washington, has acquired GSS Environmental (GSSE), an Australian provider of consultancy services to clients in the mining, minerals, land development, and natural resources sectors.

Kevin Rattue, SLR’s Director of North American operations, commented, “SLR’s recent acquisition of GSSE will expand our current client base and give us an excellent opportunity to broaden and diversify our technical service offerings throughout our global operations.

This acquisition is central to the expansion of SLR’s advisory services to the mining sector. GSSE’s capabilities and proven reputation in surface mining support will give us a competitive position in pursuing and securing work with clients in North America.”

GSSE is a leading consultant to the coal extraction industry in Australia, having advised on approximately 60 percent of Australia’s coal mines and counts BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Xstrata among its clients.

GSSE represents SLR’s first acquisition since securing additional financing earlier this year to drive acquisition growth. Previous recent acquisitions have included Metago, a firm providing environmental consultancy services to the mining industry in sub-Saharan Africa and Western Australia, as well as Australian environmental consultancy Heggies (Pty), and Alaskan firm Hoefler Consulting Group, among others.

GSSE was founded in 2003 and has grown rapidly into a multi-skilled dynamic team of environmental professionals with significant experience in both industry and government. It provides a wide range of environmental services taking projects from the planning stages of development through to operational stages and decommissioning.

SLR continues to expand technical and professional resources in the mining business sector. With over 300 employees in North America, SLR providing a full range of environmental consulting services to clients in the mining, energy, waste, industrial, transportation, infrastructure, and financial sectors. Worldwide the company has nearly 1000 employees located across Europe, Australia, Africa and North America.

SLR Management Limited is an international environmental consultancy with nearly 1,000 employees working from 63 offices in Europe, North America, Australasia and Africa. It is one of a few international specialist environmental consultancies.  SLR Management Limited, parent company, is located in Oxford, United Kingdom. 

SLR International Corporation, SLR’s US operations, was founded, July 2000, by Kevin Rattue.  SLR’s US operations has grown to over 170 professionals located in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Indianapolis, Utah, West Virginia and Virginia. 

It provides global advice and support on a wide range of strategic and site-specific issues to a diverse and growing base of business, regulatory and governmental clients. Key areas of SLR’s business are the energy and mining sector, where it is involved with both the oil and gas industries, renewable power including wind, energy from waste, hydropower and biomass, and advising mining companies and funding organizations throughout the world.

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