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CONSUMER PROTECTION Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

  • The UK’s Ofwat has proposed a 2.4% weighted average cost of capital for the next asset management period (2020-2025). It is 1.3% lower than...
  • Chile’s presidential election is turning out to be an important one for its investor-owned water companies. Centre-left candidate Alejandro Guillier wants to...
  • Abengoa’s Nungua desalination project is in deep difficulty, with off-taker Ghana Water struggling to meet the payments under a dollar-denominated take-or-pay contract. The price Ghana Water pays for the desalted water is...
  • Metito has finally closed the $60.8 million financing of its Rwanda bulk water supply project, after two and a half years of negotiation. It wasn’t helped by the arrest of...
  • Shares in Tallinna Vesi fell by 20% this month after Estonia’s supreme court ruled that it had to change its tariff structure. The company, which was once considered...

Ofwat eyes record low cost of capital at PR19 Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

Regulated UK water companies will be forced to find new ways to outperform from 2020. Will it result in a mass exodus from the sector?

UK water embarks on pre-holiday bond spree Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

A sequence of new bonds shows an increasing willingness among borrowers to diversify their sources of funding. What’s next?

Finance costs hit UK numbers Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

Rising debt service bills crimped mid-year profit margins at many of the UK’s water and sewerage companies. A tough price review could put dividends under further pressure.

Water utilities drowning in data ask solutions providers for simplicity Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

Results from Europe’s pioneering smart water solutions project SW4EU were presented in November with the take-home message of “keep it simple”. Does the data avalanche need to be excavated from within?

Yorkshire Water invites feedback on sludge Vol 18, Issue 11 (November 2017)

The company wants to optimise the way it manages its bioresources by building a more diverse set of relationships with third parties. It is starting from a position of artificial inefficiency.

UK renationalisation debate moves forward Vol 18, Issue 11 (November 2017)

The implications of the UK water sector being placed under government control after nearly 30 years of private ownership are complex and varied. Who would receive the better deal – bondholders or equity-holders?

Canadians bet on UK water for their pensions Vol 18, Issue 11 (November 2017)

Recent changes in Thames Water’s ownership have seen Canadian pension fund OMERS accumulate more than 25% of the company.

Ofwat and private perception Vol 18, Issue 11 (November 2017)

The work of the English regulator and private water companies has not paid off in the public imagination, argues David Lloyd Owen.

Fatbergs and the silo mentality Vol 18, Issue 10 (October 2017)

Joined-up thinking could mean the sewer blockages facing Thames Water could be turned into an opportunity, says David Lloyd Owen.