Saudi Arabia

424 articles in Saudi Arabia

GrahamTek backers hope to make the case for 16in desal Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

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.

Kingdom bundles assets into new PPP procurement wave Vol 18, Issue 11 (November 2017)

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?

The ‘80s revival in Saudi PPPs Vol 18, Issue 11 (November 2017)

Bundling brownfield and greenfield plant PPPs is a novel move, but the value of old assets is hard to ascertain, says Tom Scotney.

Network and billing problems put new Saudi water price rises on ice Vol 18, Issue 10 (October 2017)

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.

Groundbreaking finance deal bodes well for Saudi PPPs Vol 18, Issue 9 (September 2017)

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.

Saudi Arabia starts work on third water PPP pillar Vol 18, Issue 8 (August 2017)

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.

Winning the recycling race Vol 18, Issue 8 (August 2017)

Saudi Arabia needs to balance the needs of different types of investors when it comes to capital recycling, says Tom Scotney.

Middle East water in brief Vol 18, Issue 7 (July 2017)

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.

Eastern Promise Vol 18, Issue 7 (July 2017)

  • 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...