424 articles in Saudi Arabia
Private equity investors in South Africa have made a major bet on turning a local engineer into a major global desalination supplier. Success will hinge on persuading the world that 16-inch membrane desalination is a viable concept.
Saudi Arabia is asking greenfield plant investors to take over ownership of nearby older facilities under a new batch of contracts. Will the sale of ageing but upgradeable plants be a necessary burden for investors, or an opportunity for enhanced profit margins?
Bundling brownfield and greenfield plant PPPs is a novel move, but the value of old assets is hard to ascertain, says Tom Scotney.
Problems with piping, metering and billing have put a halt to the Kingdom’s much-needed, but controversial, water tariff restructuring plans. With further consumer price rises off the cards for now, improving network efficiency will be a priority.
The financial package supporting ACWA Power’s Shoaiba 3 desalination expansion sets a benchmark for the Kingdom’s massive water PPP ambitions. A new strategy and a surge in interest from Korean investors adds an intriguing twist to the deal.
The Kingdom’s latest move to foster more private sector participation in the utility sphere looks at public-facing municipal water and wastewater services. It will have to contend with a legacy of delays in municipal water PPPs.
Saudi Arabia needs to balance the needs of different types of investors when it comes to capital recycling, says Tom Scotney.
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) is looking to start a wide-ranging research programme into the integration of solar and other renewable energy sources with seawater desalination on a large scale, as well as ways to drive efficiency in renewables-driven desalination. KA-CARE is currently looking to take on an international consultant to advise it on the project.
- Egypt’s seawater desalination market has burst into life with a number of major deals making the past year the most prolific in the country’s history. The involvement of...
- Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has turned its eyes from desalination to wastewater in its latest bid to foster private investment in infrastructure. The appointment of advisors for the 500,000m3/d Jeddah Airport wastewater project marks a concrete step towards...
- Oman is looking to take on advisors to help push through a planned restructuring of its water sector that it hopes will revitalise the system and make it more suitable for private sector
Chart of the Month: Water Capex in the Refining and Petrochemicals industry by region Vol 18, Issue 7 (July 2017)
This month’s chart shows a regional forecast of capital expenditure on water and wastewater infrastructure in the refining and petrochemicals industry. It forms part of GWI’s newly published Global Water Markets 2018 insight report, and shows how the industry is evolving around an imbalance of supply and demand induced by uncertain oil prices and...