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Saudi Arabia starts work on third water PPP pillar

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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...

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

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Cape Town SWRO South Africa 22 Sep 17 On 22 Septembe... Desal
Gammams DPR ... Namibia 21 Sep 17 KfW has agreed... Reuse
Shoaiba 3 ex... Saudi Arabia 19 Sep 17 The financial ... Desal
Abu Rawash WWTP Egypt 14 Sep 17 The Orasqualia... WWTP
Praia Grande Cape Verde 14 Sep 17 A trio of requ... Desal

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...

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?

Muscat paves the way for PSP with planned water sector restructuring

Oman’s fragmented water and wastewater utilities are due for an overhaul under a recently approved restructuring plan. With the government looking to take on advisors to push through the process, what will the implications be for the private...

Riyadh prepares for green light on wastewater PPP

A team of advisors has been taken on as the country looks to replicate its desalination privatisation programme in the wastewater sphere.

Tom scotney

Winning the recycling race

Capital recycling became something of a buzzword in the infrastructure world a few years ago, even as people struggled to work out how it could apply to their own situation. With Australia as the standard-bearers, both public and private infrastructure owners have raised funds through the sale of operational assets. In the Middle East, this has come most notably through the sale of secondary stakes in independent desalination plants owned by private developers. And so we come to Saudi Arabia, which is hoping to reap the benefits of capital... Read more

Padlock GWI Briefing: Middle East & Africa

Kingdom set to dial back water reform timing

Saudi Arabia is rowing back on the timing of the ambitious National Transformation Program (NTP) unveiled...

ItN deals see Western water make inroads in Iran

German filtration specialist ItN Nanovation has become one of the first Western companies to make serious...

Kuwait PPP fears raised as Az-Zour IWPP falters

The future of Kuwait’s ambitious water PPP programme looks uncertain after authorities cancelled the...

New Mekorot CEO squares up to Ashdod dilemma

Eli Cohen has been named as the new CEO of Israeli national water company Mekorot. He replaces Shimon Ben...

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Middle East water in brief

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority are planning a feasibility study...

‘Perfect storm’ sparks life into Egyptian desal m...

A combination of demographic, economic and political pressures has brought about a spike in activity for Egypt’s moribund...

Mauritius gets serious about PSP in water

After 20 years of fits and starts, the government is now soliciting interest from a range of consultants ahead of a 15-year...

Middle East water in brief

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) is looking to start a wide-ranging research...

Life after death for Egypt projects?

A wave of project awards is to be welcomed, but structural issues in Egypt have not been solved, argues Tom Scotney.

Ras Al-Khair sale to point the way for Saudi priv...

Investors are paying heed as Saudi Arabia preps for the flagship sale of the Ras Al-Khair desalination mega-project, a process the...

Bamako leads the way as Mali plans second water t...

The West African country has seen a robust amount of construction work in the water sector, with more to come. Is the use of...

Investors profit from desal market dip for IDE st...

The desal firm’s CEO is leading a team of investors in purchasing a 50% stake. The other half may prove harder to pin down.

New plants take the strain in Oman

A period of frenetic desalination plant-building has paid off for the Sultanate, with Muscat set to see a water supply surplus in...

Mekorot taps up Ashdod investor interest as contr...

The Israeli state water company’s foray into project development resulted in an ongoing battle with contractors at the site of...

Angola eyes PPP roll-out to help strengthen water...

The country will need to address high unaccounted-for water levels, operating deficits, and an immature regulatory framework if it...

Cape Town takes collaborative approach to advance...

A new request for information on advanced treatment technologies is the surest sign yet that the authorities in Cape Town are...

Middle East water in brief

Korean membrane supplier LG Chem has been taken on to supply RO membranes to the new wave of desalination plants springing up in...

From global to local muni desal

The Arab world is increasingly becoming the arbiter of global desalination market trends, says Tom Scotney.