Now Is the Time to Consider Jacobs Engineering Group

Jun. 26, 2009 9:33 AM ETJacobs Solutions Inc. (J)5 Comments
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David Fessler

Usually when we think of infrastructure, visions of bridges, tunnels, buildings, industrial plants, come to mind. When talk turns to energy we think of oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear power.

Yet the two are inexorably linked together: you need good infrastructure to move energy around, and you can’t create the infrastructure without good sources of cheap energy.

As the world continues – albeit ever so slowly – to wean itself off fossil fuels in favor of greener sources of energy, the two are increasingly talked about in the same conversation.

And for good reason… there’s much new “energy infrastructure” that needs to be created:

  • Higher capacity transmission lines to move mid-west wind generated power to densely populated, energy-hungry coastal areas.
  • Bigger pipelines to move natural gas from distant places like the north slope of Alaska and Canada to the lower 48 states.
  • Storage facilities for both oil and natural gas.
  • Liquid Natural Gas terminal facilities both here and abroad.

These are all huge, complicated, expensive projects that take years to build. But before the first shovelful of dirt is turned, detailed designs down to the last nut, bolt and washer have to be created.

In some cases, pilot plants or small systems are engineered and built as proof of concept for new plant designs. And since the end result is only as good as the design construction company behind it, large firms with the depth and breadth of experience are usually tapped to pull these types of projects together.

One company that’s been doing it for years is Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. (JEC), one of the world’s biggest technical, professional and construction service companies.

With annual revenues exceeding $12 billion, Jacobs provides project services including design, engineering and architectural services. It also provides consulting services for process and scientific systems.

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David Fessler is an energy, infrastructure, and technology investing expert. A prolific writer, David has written thousands of articles covering the above sectors for The Oxford Group. He has also written a book, The Energy Disruption Triangle: Three Sectors That Will Change How We Generate, Use, and Store Energy. David has appeared on the FOX News Channel where he was one of the first journalists to break the story of the commercial real estate crash. Many of his articles have been widely syndicated. Seeking Alpha has previously listed David in the group of the top 100 fastest-growing authors by readership. Before retiring at the age of 47, David served as Vice-President for Strategic Business at LTX Corporation. He was also Vice-President of Operations, Sales & Marketing for Quality Telecommunications, Inc. His success as an investor spans over 46 years in the technology, infrastructure, and energy sectors. He has owned and operated two successful businesses. David is a degreed Electrical Engineer and a renowned specialist in the semiconductor, telecommunications, energy, and infrastructure sectors. He and his wife Anne live in northeastern Pennsylvania. They own an electric vehicle and power it and their entire farm with solar energy. David is passionate about investing in cleantech and renewable energy.

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