Global Water Intelligence Magazine Vol 2, Issue 6 (June 2001)
Aquiris wins Brussels North
The Aquiris consortium, headed by Vivendi Water, has been selected to develop the much-needed Brussels North wastewater treatment plant. However, one of the losing contenders for the €370 million scheme has launched a legal challenge to the decision claiming that the winning offer did not meet tender specifications.
Suez plans greater role in China
ONDEO is to take maximum advantage of the gradual liberalisation of the water and energy sectors in China, according to Suez chairman and CEO Gérard Mestrallet.
Politics cloud Acquedotto Pugliese sale
SILVIO BERLUSCONI’S new centre-right government may halt the acquisition of Acquedotto Pugliese (AQP) by Enel. The Berlusconi administration is said to favour opening up the sale of AQP to other buyers.
Lack of progress in Brazil
THERE IS GROWING CONCERN in Brazil over the slow progress of landmark legislation aimed at liberalising basic sanitation concessions and heralding large-scale investment in the country’s under-resourced water and wastewater sector.
UK: more transparency needed
UK INDUSTRY REGULATOR OFWAT has come in for a fresh barrage of criticism over its handling of the 1999 price review.
Greece’s changing investment climate
Hyder Consulting has just completed a study in Thessaloniki for the National Investment Bank for Industrial Development (ETEBA). Acting under an umbrella agreement with the Ministry of National Economy, the commission was to enable an initial public offering (IPO) for EYATH – the water and sewerage company. This follows on from Hyder’s role as technical adviser for the flotation of EYDAP – the Athens water and sewerage company. In this interview, Peter Allison talks to Hyder Consulting’s management advisory services director Roger Eyre about the IPO and investment and funding issues in the Greek water industry.
Germany: chequered progress on liberalisation
Conflicting developments are underway amongst Germany’s municipal utilities in the slow build-up to water liberalisation. The city of Cologne is preparing to create a new combined water and wastewater company which will then be privatised by placing it in a joint venture alongside an RWE subsidiary.
Bulk water: Israel and Turkey still can’t agree
The Israeli Government has issued the first tender for transporting water from Turkey to Israel. The tender is open to international bidders and calls for transporting between 35Mm3 and 50Mm3 of water annually for a period of 5-10 years.
Millennium Chemicals contract for Vivendi
THE WORLD’S second largest producer of titanium dioxide (TiO2), Millennium Chemicals, has awarded a management contract for its water networks and supplies in France to Vivendi Environnement (VE).
Privatising US water systems
The private sector has played an active role in helping governments design, finance, build, operate, and maintain water and wastewater systems in the US. The 1990s saw an increase in the use of the private sector to supplant – and not merely supplement – the public sector in the water industry. This article, written by Robert Vitale, discusses the reasons behind this trend, explains the concepts involved and assesses the benefits and challenges of privatisation.
A word from the Editor…
This month’s GWI spans across Europe to look at several different countries. Our cover story takes a close look at the award of the Brussels North WwTP project to Aquiris.
UK water industry improves
The UK water industry showed some signs of improvement in May. During the first half of the month, the FTSE water index made modest gains of between 1% and 2%. A late month rally advanced the index by 113 points to finish the month up 6.3%. The UK water industry also outperformed the rest of the market. The FTSE 100 finished in the red, down 3% for the month.
Russia: treatment plant construction
A WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT is to be built in St Petersburg and a WTP completed in Kaliningrad with funding from the EBRD and the Scandinavian countries, according to Sven Hirdman, the Swedish ambassador in Moscow.
Suez first quarter revenues
SUEZ has announced group revenues of €10.5 billion for the first quarter of 2001, up 33.1% on revenues for the same period in 2000.
Mexico plans greater role for private sector
THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT is set to introduce changes to legislation which would allow greater private sector participation (PSP) in the water sector.
Sabesp tariffs rise
LATIN AMERICA’S largest water company, São Paulo state’s Sabesp is to increase tariffs from this month. The amount will be 13.5%, at the bottom end of the 12% to 20% range market analysts had been predicting.
Thames fully integrated into RWE
THAMES WATER is “firm l y established as the fourth cornerstone within our core multi-utility business,” RWE reported last month.
Ashdod tender documents out
TENDER DOCUMENTS for a seawater desalination plant at Ashdod were released last month. The documents were prepared by Mekorot for the Ministry of National Infrastructures. Mekorot will oversee the bidding process and select a winner to build a seawater RO plant producing 45Mm3/year of water.