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- The consolidation of the US engineering sector has moved up a gear with the announcement of a deal for Jacobs to buy CH2M. Jacobs needed the deal to help diversify...
- The other big deal this month was the merger of the two largest companies providing water services to the North American unconventional oil and gas industry. Select Energy Services and Rockwater Services will combine...
- The weakness of sterling and the prospect of a tough regulatory settlement for the 2020- 2025 period are making investors in the UK water sector start to move towards the exit. It is proving difficult to find...
- As continued weak economic performance weighs on Brazil’s public sector finances, opportunities are opening up for private investors. On 15 August, Brazilian federal bank BNDES awarded...
- Meanwhile, the São Paulo state governor is looking to raise cash by selling shares in a holding company, which in turn would own the state’s 50.3% stake in state water utility Sabesp. The other 49.7%...
- The IVM consortium responsible for building the troubled Ashdod desalination plant in Israel has offered to buy the project from its client, Mekorot Development & Enterprise. The deal would enable Sadyt and its partner Minrav Holdings to...
- The City of Corpus Christi received approval for $2.8 million of state funding towards developing a desalination plant. Although a plant is undoubtedly needed in the Gulf coast city, it is still far from clear who should be developing it. There are now four...
- Hyflux is contemplating a separate listing for its supposedly fast-growing consumer water business, while looking for co-investors in its infrastructure development activities. A vaguely worded...
- Besides looking for co-investors to share the load in financing water and power projects, Hyflux has also outsourced a range of engineering activities to local firm...
- Yeo’s column also highlights the turmoil at UES Holdings, where unexpectedly heavy cash outflows on project development have led to the departure of...
- These Singapore-based companies are not the only ones looking for extra capital. The growing magnitude of public-private partnerships in China means that developers there are also looking for...
- At the end of July, Newater Technology became the first Chinese water technology company to stage an IPO on a US exchange since 2009. It is a sign that three things have changed. First, the differential...
- Both Saudi Arabia and Iran are pushing ahead with big new desalination plant proposals. The Saudi Water and Electricity Company is accepting expressions of interest from developers for a new...
- The process for restructuring and privatising Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company and the related Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture directorates is moving ahead, following the submission...
- Abengoa is moving forward with a contract to expand its 100,000m3/d Agadir desalination plant to...
- Mexican plastic pipe producer Mexichem has bought an 80% stake in Israeli drip irrigation specialist Netafim in a deal that values the business at $...
- As infrastructure investment fails to keep pace with demand, there is certainly an argument for selling waterrelated products and services directly to the public. One company which has found growth in this market is NYSE-listed...
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What's making the news in global water projects this monthProject tracker
Iran’s desal plans take off; FEWA resurrects projects; Fresh impetus for Lima PPP; Phosphorus – the fourth ‘P’; Miami-Dade tackles ocean outfalls; Corpus Christi’s fragmented desal agenda; Mexico’s desal wave; California embraces satellite reuse; all the latest...
GWI Water Index
A flat month for the GWI Global Water Index belied a complex array of catalysts which resulted in many stocks falling on the back of weaker than expected quarterly results.
Water on the markets this month:
|Global Water||154.91||1.95%||10 Aug|
|Asian Water||98.01||0.41%||10 Aug|
|EMEA Water||91.37||2.17%||10 Aug|
|Americas Water||253.64||2.56%||10 Aug|
There are a mix of infrastructure funds, buy-out funds, and growth investors backing the water sector. Who are the main players?
Regulation by murder rap
Christopher Gasson asks whether there’s a better way to regulate water.
Chart of the monthCHART OF THE MONTH: DROUGHTS
Which parts of the world are suffering worst from drought this year?
While the state-wide drought in California eased last year, the picture in the south is as tough as ever. With wildfires raging and utilities under pressure, Metropolitan Water District boss Jeff Kightlinger tells GWI’s Samantha Yates how the region plans to build its way out of drought.
Singapore PUB’s chief executive Peter Ng has another goal in mind: being the best for Singapore. It means pursuing impossible performance targets, pushing the boundaries of technology, and still worrying about how to win the trust of customers.
Chief Technology Officer
The ubiquitous German sportswear brand is at the forefront of the changes being brought about in the textiles industry. GWI probes its relationship with a vast supply chain and its plans to coordinate a major evolution in water and wastewater treatment techniques.
Smart Water Watch
The hydraulic modelling specialist is taking on the biggest trends in the digital water industry. What opportunities does it see away from its traditional areas of expertise?
Hitachi’s water business unit is trying to make a splash in desalination and the digital sector. GWI talks to its technology advisor Koichi Tsuzuki about the company’s two-pronged strategy of innovative treatment techniques and harnessing the Internet of Things.
AmericasJacobs targets global water growth with CH2M acquisition
With a full suite of capabilities, Jacobs Engineering intends to leverage CH2M’s water expertise across its global client base. How much of the old CH2M will remain intact?Who is next for consolidation?
The logic of engineering firm mergers is becoming inexorable as US infrastructure spending flatlines. Christopher Gasson wonders who will be next to make a move.Select-Rockwater merger aims to capitalise on shift in demand for oilfield water services
The merger of the two largest oilfield water service specialists in North America is expected to create a $1.2 billion-a-year firm with the scale and balance sheet to capitalise on the transformation of oilfield water management. Will a bet on the new shale boom pay off?Seawater desal projects compete to supply industrial boom on the Texas coast
Four separate seawater desalination projects in Corpus Christi are vying to meet increasing industrial water needs on the Gulf coast. With multiple stakeholders and local political interests at play, collaboration will be the key to success.Suez gets pro-active in the US outsourcing market
The loss of three key contracts in the US has put Suez under renewed pressure to restore backlog. A pro-active approach is already yielding results.Analysts question Sabesp capital hike
Is a mooted capital increase really necessary for the São Paulo operator?BNDES set to fast-track Cedae privatisation process
A consultancy team has been appointed to structure the sell-off of Rio de Janeiro’s state water operator ahead of next year’s elections. The supreme court could yet block the sale.There’s no case for chrome
Wes Strickland weighs in on the battle between state water quality regulations and the burden of cost for small systems in the US.Americas water in brief
Moody’s has upgraded the credit ratings of listed Brazilian water concessionaires Copasa and Sanepar by one notch, to Ba3 and Ba2, respectively, on the back of positive tariff reviews.A. O. Smith targets accelerated growth in key point-of-use water treatment markets
The water heater manufacturer is investing heavily to take its filtration systems to a wider audience, both in the US and in selected emerging markets. While the top line is growing rapidly, the margins will take some time to catch up with the rest of the business.BREWing up a new generation of water technologies
A. O. Smith has invested in two water start-ups as part of the Milwaukee-based BREW Accelerator programme. It is evidence of the company’s deepening interest in water.
Asia pacificHyderabad’s water dreams held back by pumping costs
The water utility in India’s fifth-largest city is battling to grow both its water and sewerage coverage, even as power costs eat away at its revenues. NRW reduction will be key.Chinese water returns to fashion in New York with Newater IPO
The arrival of a new industrial wastewater treatment technology specialist from China has been greeted enthusiastically by Nasdaq investors. Have New Yorkers’ views of the corporate governance risks in Chinese companies changed?China’s new model for PPPs prompts BEWG to look for third-party financing
Water treatment companies in China are transiting to “asset-light” strategies by using third-party financing to meet the heavy capital needs of ever larger PPP projects. The trend is pushing water companies to build their profit into construction and equipment contracts.Hyflux mulls group split as financial losses grow
Hyflux is evaluating options for the future ownership of the group. Could a spin-off of its consumer business be followed by a new financial partner for the infrastructure arm?Dramatic drubbings
Willy Yeo shares his views on the recent tumultuous events at two of Singapore’s leading water companies.Asia Pacific water in brief
Canadian engineer WSP Global has agreed to acquire New Zealand-based consultancy Opus International for NZ$263.2 million (US$191 million).
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EuropeFrench majors diverge as Veolia boosts global growth
The half-year results of the two largest private water groups show that while both suffered from a slowdown in construction activity, Veolia was more successful at attracting international business. Suez is already fighting back aggressively.UK regulated water starts to lose its shine for foreign investors
Unfavourable currency movements and increasing regulatory pressures are convincing more and more foreign holders of UK water assets to consider moving on. Who will pick up the slack?Sizing up Anglian Water’s green bond debut
The first green bond to emerge from the UK water sector attracted £800 million of appetite from investors keen to see their money put to work funding projects which mitigate and adapt to climate change. Was it worth all the trouble?Towards safer water
A more realistic approach to water and sanitation assessment criteria helps in making sensible changes, says David Lloyd Owen.Europe water in brief
Nijhuis Industries has agreed to acquire UK-based Aquatic Water Services.
Middle East and AfricaSaudi Arabia starts work on third water PPP pillar
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.Builders put up first offer to Mekorot to buy Ashdod desalination project
IVM has fired the first shot in the sale of the troubled Ashdod plant, with the construction team looking to take over the plant it built. With disputes over responsibility for construction problems and the cost of repairs still ongoing, there will be no easy solution.Desal for farmers makes its mark
A new project being developed by Abengoa in Morocco marks the first major use of seawater desalination for agricultural use. How does the financing work?Winning the recycling race
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
The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority are planning a feasibility study into the creation of a strategic water connection between their respective potable water networks.