Vol 5, Issue 10 (October 2004)
Need to know
- CHINESE AFFAIRS
As the pace of investment in the Chinese water sector increases, GWI is publishing a report on the sector (see advertisement on inside front cover). The Market Profile feature starting on p21 distills some of the information from the 300-page report – including a listing of 43 upcoming deals.
- COMPANY NEWS
RWE/Thames had two pieces of good news in the US. The group’s subsidiaries American Water and Pridesa have been selected as preferred bidder for the Tampa Bay fix project.
- LATIN DISPUTES
Chile’s consumers’ association Odecu is seeking to revoke a water concession awarded to Spain’s Iberdrola, accusing the European company of poor management of the Essal water firm in southern Chile.
- MIDDLE EAST DEALS
The Beirut operation of EBD Group was awarded a $100 million contract by Sudan’s Ministry of Planning & Development to build three wastewater treatment plants and expand the existing sewerage network to serve the growing needs of the capital Khartoum. EBD will form a project company with the Sudanese government, with EBD taking a 60% share.
- SHOW TIME
It has been a crazy month for water-related conferences.
- A Saur sign of spring
Will a buyer reverse the trend in the market?
- China conundrum
Is the buoyancy of the Chinese market an opportunity or a threat?
- Insight - David Lloyd Owen
Industrial water outsourcing acquires a global polish.
- Europe is the main show, says F&S
Data presented by Frost & Sullivan at the Ultrapure Water Europe event in Amsterdam last month indicates a buoyant market.
- Israel breaks the log-jam
The Hadera proposal and Mekorot’s Ashdod plant are moving ahead at last.
- Kahramaa awards IWPP
The IP/OEWC team has bagged the $900 million Qatari deal.
- Marubeni in pole position for Taweelah B
The Japanese group has ADWEA’s backing.
- Omanis progress with private projects
A new IWPP is planned for Barka and an IWP is set to go ahead in the Sharqiyah region.
- Peru opens Tumbes process
Peru is looking to the private sector to reverse the decline in investment.
- Positioning for Polish deals
With EU funding flooding in, private Suez is well placed to clean up.
- Power and water sector restructuring
Oman’s privatisation law allows for the sale of government assets, including the Ghubrah power and water station.
- Private equity funds see Saur opportunity
The French water firm will have a new master with no current interests in the water sector. What will they make of it?
- Spain switches to user pays
The environment minister says water tariffs must rise. Farmers are unhappy.
- Tozzi looks to fill Augean stable
With a wave of merger opportunities expected in the wake of Ofwat’s price review, former Mid Kent Water chairman Keith Tozzi hopes to clean up.
- Ukraine’s challenge of reform
Sergei Sivaev looks at the legacy that prevents reform of Ukraine’s water sector.
- US water reuse gathers momentum
Desalination makes the headlines but water reuse is probably growing faster – particularly in the US.
- A Moroccan love affair
Suez’s concession in Casablanca could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
- American targets wastewater
Thames’ US subsidiary has just won a big wastewater contract in Sioux City. It hopes more will follow.
- Cascal turns cash cow for Biwater
The joint venture with Nuon put a shine on the contractor’s otherwise disappointing performance.
- Lenders look for municipal solution
Municipalities in emerging markets need more money to invest in water and sewerage. A conference in Washington discussed how to get it to them.
- Suez’s pragmatic evolution
How has Suez Environnement’s outlook changed since the new boss took charge? GWI asked Jean-Louis Chaussade at the International Water Association conference in Marrakech.
- Thames' ownership vision
In an exclusive interview, Thames Water's chief executive Bill Alexander explains how asset ownership defines RWE's strategy in the water sector.
- The survivor in a squeeze
Thames’ chief executive Bill Alexander has been in the job a long time. The latest reorganisation puts him under pressure.
- Playing by the rules
As GWI’s new report on the Chinese water and wastewater markets is published, its authors, Olivia Jensen & Frédéric Blanc-Brude, outline the potential and the challenges of the biggest market in the world. There are real opportunities but it is a difficult game to play.