Latest news and project tracker updates from the Middle East and Africa

Metito crosses the finishing line on marathon Rwanda bulk water PPP financing

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The project developer can now begin work on the water treatment and supply project, some two and a half years after it was first awarded. Despite the delay, Metito says the project will still mark...

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Project Tracker: Middle East & Africa

Latest news and project tracker updates from the Middle East and Africa

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PROJECT COUNTRY UPDATED STATUS TYPE
Taweelah RO IWP United Arab Emirates 15 Jan 18 ADWEA has issu... Desal
Mombasa desa... Kenya 11 Jan 18 Four of the sh... Desal
Sahel WTP Tunisia 11 Jan 18 SONEDE plans t... WTP
Jebel Ali po... United Arab Emirates 04 Jan 18 DEWA is unders... Desal
Kerkennah Tunisia 04 Jan 18 Sonede has lau... Desal

GrahamTek backers hope to make the case for 16in desal

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.

A glimpse into Morocco’s desalination future

The country wants to procure all future large-scale desalination plants using private finance. The emergence of multiple sponsors marks a break with tradition, and follows this summer’s drought and the sacking of the head of the national...

SEWA considers IWP switch for new desal plant

The Sharjah utility is looking at options for a privately financed facility at Hamriyah. It will have to overcome bankability worries to make progress.

Future unclear for Ghana’s forex-hit desal BOT

Financial troubles at Ghana Water mean that Abengoa is likely to struggle to sell its stake in the Nungua desalination plant. Exchange rate risk is not the only challenge.

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Desalters sweat the small stuff

It’s no secret or surprise to say that the desal market is driven by the Middle East and North Africa – look at the list of the top ten countries for installed desalination capacity and you’ll see that all but one or two are countries in the region. The scale of installations around the Gulf means that when Saudi Arabia or the UAE sneezes, the global desalination market catches a cold. So with the Kingdom carrying on its giant roll-out, and new plants mushrooming across Abu Dhabi and the rest of the emirates, the region has largely escaped... Read more

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ACWA Power consults banks ahead of planned IPO

Saudi power and water project developer ACWA Power is understood to have contacted banks with a view to...

Tahal sale flounders as Kardan creditors close in

The embattled owner of Israeli water engineer Tahal is facing an uncertain future after the lead candidate...

Oman desalination IPO set for first-day price jump

Brokers in Oman have predicted another jackpot for investors in the latest desalination plant to be listed...

Egypt lays out massive desal building aspirations

The minister responsible for Egypt’s water infrastructure has said the country plans to build 1...

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Middle East in brief

Israel Chemicals has completed the sale of its 50% stake in desalination specialist IDE Technologies for $167 million.

Kingdom bundles assets into new PPP procurement wave

Saudi Arabia is asking greenfield plant investors to take over ownership of nearby older facilities under a new batch of contracts....

Israel government nixes direct sale of troubled A...

The plant will have to be put up for auction after the authorities came down in favour of a rival buyer’s complaint.

Dubai to lean further on reuse as it looks to hit...

A combination of tariff rises and increased levels of reuse have curbed growth in demand since the end of the regional financial...

Kigali looks to spur development with first piped...

The new central sewerage project lined up for the Rwandan capital marks a breakthrough for the government and the international...

ONEE chief exec sacked over project delays

A lack of progress at one of the Moroccan king’s pet projects appears to be only part of the reason for Ali Fassi...

Cadagua bows out as Oman desal plant goes public

The Ghubrah plant is the first to be listed on the stock exchange since 2013. Despite seeing a loss on its equity, departing...

Oman preps RFP for restructuring consultancy bid ...

With five teams vying to work on a project to restructure water services, competition will be intense.

Middle East water in brief

Emirates Sembcorp Water & Power Co. (ESWPC), the owner of the Fujairah F1 power and water project in the UAE, is set to issue a...

The ‘80s revival in Saudi PPPs

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

UAE slashes water demand – but desal market forge...

Tariff management has paid off for Abu Dhabi, with the emirate cutting water demand forecasts significantly. As the priorities for...

New energy sources join the mix

The cost of energy from burning natural gas is estimated at around $0.07/kWh in Abu Dhabi. With the price of alternatives tumbling,...

Consultants wait for formal Muscat shortlist

The sultanate is imminently expected to confirm a shortlist of consultants to advise it on a radical water sector restructuring...

Network and billing problems put new Saudi water ...

Problems with piping, metering and billing have put a halt to the Kingdom’s much-needed, but controversial, water tariff...