Vol 6, Issue 1 (January 2005)
Need to know
- CHINESE BUSINESS
The Chinese water stampede continues, and the lion’s share is going to Chinese companies.
- DESAL DIFFICULTIES
Things have not been moving so smoothly on Abu Dhabi’s other big deal, the Taweelah RO independent water project (IWP).
- ELSEWHERE IN ASIA
As part of a nationwide infrastructure plan announced by Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction in December, the National Strategy for Environmental Protection (NSEP) has set new targets for urban water supply and wastewater treatment for 2010-20.
- MIDDLE EAST PROGRESS
The holiday period did nothing to slow the momentum of water projects in the Gulf.
- RWE CARVE-UP
RWE Thames has asked Goldman Sachs to line up potential purchasers for its Chilean, Chinese and Spanish operations.
- A bumper year
Water beat the index in 2004. 2005 is going to be tough.
- A gift from government
Is financing water in the Middle East more of a political challenge than a financial one?
- Insight - David Lloyd Owen
When the drink goes Saur.
- The big wave
Water companies help out.
- A vintage year for European water stocks
After three tough years, European water stocks have finally rewarded investors. Will 2005 match last year’s success?
- Asia water stock market – not everybody wins
Despite the excitement about China, 2004 was not kind to Asian water stocks.
- Brazil finally passes its PPP law
John Kolodziejski reports on progress on two fronts for private sector participation in the water sector.
- CAF boosts Andean water projects
Leticia Lozano reports on how the regional development bank is stepping up its activity in the water sector.
- Degrémont eyes Gulf RO expansion
Gulf customers remain sceptical of membrane desalination. Will Degrémont’s Fujairah plant change attitudes?
- Equipment beats utilities in US market
The US quoted water sector also beat the index in 2004, with equipment stocks in the lead – thanks to GE.
- JBIC to feature in Middle East water deals
Export credit finance will be an important factor in two of the region’s biggest IWPPs.
- Latin American investments in a sorry state
As residents of La Paz complain of water company profiteering, a World Bank report shows the scale of the losses made in the region.
- Problems emerge at Fujairah
The desalination side of the plant has been more successful than the power side. UWEC has appointed consultants to find out what has gone wrong.
- Russia’s barriers to investment
With so many obstacles to making a return on their investment, private operators are running their businesses for cash.
- Three bid for Subiya
Doosan is in pole position.
- Veolia scoops up Enel Hydro
Veolia takes a leading position in the Italian market. It may require patience.
- Water stocks up 21%
After three difficult years, water stocks have out-performed the major indices by a wide margin. What is the secret?
- What price Pridesa?
The Spanish desalination specialist is up for sale. Christopher Gasson looks at the options.