228 articles in Israel
Low tariffs are one of the most significant barriers to the expansion of desalination.
The finance ministry doesn’t want to carry the cost of increasing the capacity of four proposed desalination plants by 50% but the banks may not finance the projects without the increase.
The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded Package C of Project Aquatrine to the C2C consortium of Costain, Ove Arup & Partners and Severn Trent.
Iraq: Thames Water started work on a Unicef-funded project to establish mobile treatment plants drawingwater from the River Tigris.
Israel: The Supreme Court rejected the petition filed by Ondeo Degrémont to declare it as the winner of a Mekorot tender to build the country’s central filtration facility (see GWI, Vol. 4, Issue 7, p.21).
The company claims that its offer to build a filtration plant was artificially inflated – which meant that it lost out to a rival bid.
The funds are needed for new projects to meet the growing demand for water.
France: Vivendi Environnement (VE) reported a 7.1% rise in net profits for 2002 of €339 million after posting a net loss of €2.3 billion in 2001.
Australia: Suez appointed Russell Cooper as head of its local services division.
A year from now, the first drop of Turkish water will flow through Israel’s National Water Carrier, following three years of negotiations and procrastination which have marred, and even jeopardised, the strong economic ties between the two countries.