Agbar feels the heat in its own back yard

A robust defence of its dominant position in Catalunya will be vital if the Suez subsidiary is to stem the tide of public authorities looking to take water services back in-house. Where is it most vulnerable?

The Agbar group, Suez’s subsidiary in Spain, is fighting to defend its dominant position on home ground in Catalunya as opposition to private sector management of water services grows in the wake of the Catalan government’s botched ATLL concession.

Agbar, which has provided water services in the Catalan capital Barcelona on an uninterrupted basis since 1867, controls or participates...

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