Shane Larkin, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Environmental Manager for the Middle East region, came to love nature through the influence of his godfather, an ornithologist who provided Shane with behind-the-scenes access at the Dublin Zoo. Coupled with a love of travel, Shane’s career as an environmental consultant came together naturally. “Working in the environment sector lets me travel, work on projects that make a difference in people’s lives, and protect the environment,” he says.
Shane, who joined WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff in 2005, has worked in Ireland, the UK, and throughout the Middle East. He has prepared more than 70 environmental assessments and reports, addressing potential environmental impacts—from air quality and noise to traffic, archaeology, and socioeconomics—for all types of infrastructure including power, transportation, water, and buildings.
Based in the Middle East since 2007, Shane has worked on such major projects as the Abu Dhabi Metro and Light Rail Transit schemes and numerous power generation projects. For the Independent Power Plant 3 in Jordan, on behalf of KEPCO, Mitsubishi, and Wartsila, Shane produced the environmental impact assessment (EIA) in accordance with both Jordanian standards and World Bank/International Finance Corporation guidelines. The project will feature the largest reciprocating engines in the world.
Shane is currently preparing EIAs for three cogeneration power plants—the second stage of a project in Saudi Arabia for Saudi Aramco and Tihama Power Generation Company Limited. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff previously prepared EIAs for the first stage of the project, including four power plants.
Shane holds a master of science in rural and regional resources planning from the University of Aberdeen, and a diploma in environmental resources management from the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and Registered Environmental Impact Assessment Practitioner of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.