Vol 7, Issue 3 (March 2006)
Need to know
* Scottish Water is under immense pressure after the resignation of its Chair, Alan Alexander, on 20 February.
- DRY COUNTRIES
* Sidem’s status as the market leader in Libya’s desalination sector has been further strengthened in the aftermath of parent company Veolia’s purchase of Weir Techna.
- MAD MARCH MERGERS
* It must be the Spring air. The water sector has been gripped by the urge to merge.
- MEMBRANE FALL-OUT
* The Zenon/GE merger looks as if it is going to have a domino effect on alliances in the membrane market.
- MY ENEMY’S ENEMY
* The campaign against private water took a bizarre turn when 10,000 people showed up to protest against the World Water Forum in Mexico City.
- PRIDE BEFORE FALL
* Hyflux has been removed from its Palm Water joint venture and at the same time issued notice that its Hyflux Middle East LLC subsidiary is to be dissolved.
- CHART OF THE MONTH
This is the last year we’ll see the big three post results together.
- Insight - David Lloyd Owen
As the dry spell continues, England will come to terms with metering.
- The World Water Forum’s false promise
Christopher Gasson raises questions about Mexico City.
- Acciona to buy Pridesa
The Spanish construction group is hoping the acquisition can open up international markets.
- Australia’s water challenge
Political appointment may indicate more private sector participation.
- BOT rather than big bang for Beijing
Do the new BOT rules mean complete privatisation is now off the cards?
- Brazilian water PPPs gather momentum
Slowly Lula’s reforms are bearing fruit. GWI Brazil correspondent John Kolodziejski investigates.
- Bulk water transport on the brink of breakthrough
Returning oil tankers filled with water to the Gulf has often been suggested as a solution to water shortages. It is about to become a reality.
- Celebrating victory
Alison Ireland on making the most of the Global Water Awards.
- Facing up to the future
Libya’s water industry is not quite at a crossroads but the time is rapidly approaching when strategic decisions will need to be taken to safeguard supplies. This is likely to herald new opportunities for contractors and suppliers.
- French farce with an unhappy ending
Christopher Gasson looks at who has come out worse from the Suez/Gaz de France merger.
- Kelda abandons Aquarion
Yorkshire Water’s parent company is pleased not to have lost its shirt. Macquarie is looking for a long-term hold.
- Lower Saxony opens for business
A new law allowing private wastewater concessions is a step forward, but opposition could still stymie real progress.
- Macquarie’s infrastructure vision
The Australian bank looks set to be a major player in the water sector.
- Small gains for RWE water interests
RWE expects a flat year for Thames and American Water: the real challenge will be dealing with the regulators as the companies are prepared for sale.
- Suez falls for Veolia plot
The world\'s two largest water businesses have found themselves on either side of a battle over energy consolidation and economic nationalism. Neither looks good.
- Suez\'s new deal for Millennium Development Goals
The French company is not abandoning the developing world, despite heavy losses in Latin America.
- The price is right for Zenon
GE has taken advantage of the Canadian membrane company’s difficulties to make an offer. Was it worth it?
- Veolia on the defensive at home
A report on profiteering has put Veolia on the back foot.
- NEWS IN BRIEF – AMERICAS
* Aqua America lost some friends this month when it published its fourth quarter results.
- NEWS IN BRIEF – ASIA
* More than a year after it announced its intention to sell its international interests outside Europe and North America, Thames Water has finally sold its 30% interest in Thai Tap Water Supply (TTW) to its partner in the project, Ch. Karnchang.
- NEWS IN BRIEF – ASIA #2
* Tianjin Capital Environmental Protection (TCEP) has beaten off a total of seven competitors to win the 25-year transfer-operate-transfer (TOT) contract to run Hangzhou City’s Qige wastewater treatment plant.
- NEWS IN BRIEF – EUROPE
* UK water provider, Severn Trent will refund the £7 million overcharged to customers.
- NEWS IN BRIEF – MIDDLE EAST
* Now that Shoaiba is a done deal, attention in Saudi Arabia has switched fully to the Shuqaiq IWPP.
- Contract ops reaching maturity
Larry Chertoff examines the recovery in the market for operating contracts for US municipalities.