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

Desal investors head for KSA as SWCC feels out new role

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Saudi Arabia is aiming to hit out at every level of the desalination market. While a new generation of investors vie for its pipeline of privately financed projects, its state-owned desalination...

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

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Sohar Indust... Oman 19 Feb 18 The contract h... Utility
Taweelah RO IWP United Arab Emirates 15 Feb 18 An RFQ has bee... Desal
Mombasa desa... Kenya 14 Feb 18 Aquaswiss and ... Desal
Umm al Quwai... United Arab Emirates 14 Feb 18 Three bids hav... Desal
Moknine 1 & 2 Tunisia 13 Feb 18 ONAS is awaiti... Reuse

Haya Water plans sewage BOT rollout

Oman’s chief wastewater collection and treatment body is looking to create a pipeline of privately funded WWTPs in the mould of the country’s IWP programme.

KAEC planners opt for solar desal as future utility needs grow

A new facility at the city could herald a fresh spurt of opportunities for operators.

Hamas-Fatah Authority detente raises hopes for Gaza desalination planners

A political breakthrough could mean movement on crucial infrastructure in one of the most water-starved places on earth.

New fund looks to create alpha from water

An investment vehicle backed by Israeli institutions is keen to leverage the capabilities of investee company IDE Technologies to create enhanced returns from infrastructure assets. Finding suitable opportunities is likely to be a challenge.

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The devil’s in the details

Corruption is often cited as one of the main impediments when it comes to doing business in international markets. The stifling process adds costs and uncertainty to any attempt to secure long-term business, and cross-border deals where outsiders aren’t au fait with the system at play are the most likely to be at risk. Moves to curb corruption therefore ought to be welcomed by the international business community. But the problem is, there is a possibility that cracking down on corruption might itself be motivated by reasons that are... Read more

Padlock GWI Briefing: Middle East & Africa

Ashdod losses take the shine off Mekorot IPO revival

After a lengthy delay, Israel’s Government-owned Corporations Authority has revived a plan to move...

Metito exits Chinese market with concession sell-off

UAE-based water specialist Metito has jettisoned its portfolio of Chinese projects in a move that marks the...

World Bank backs Baghdad infrastructure overhaul

The World Bank has committed $210 million to a project aimed at improving the water supply and sanitation...

SWCC secures govt funding for nine new desal plants

Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has been given the go-ahead by the...

Global Water Market 2014: Meeting the world's water & wastewater needs until 2018

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Middle East in brief

Israel’s Energy and Water Resources Ministry has approved a plan to double the volume of desalinated water produced in the...

Al Mowkley spells out his ambitions for NWC reform

The National Water Company is on the verge of appointing advisors to push ahead with the process of privatising its network...

What will it take to make Saudi privatisation work?

Christopher Gasson identifies the challenges the NWC and its advisors face when bringing private capital into the Saudi water...

Desalination and aquifer recharge combine as Abu ...

Abu Dhabi is planning to lean on a groundbreaking new desert aquifer storage and recharge system to manage peaks of water demand in...

Drought-hit Israel returns to desal building

A few years after declaring the country’s water infrastructure future-proof, authorities are now putting desal projects back...

Waving the flag for resilience

The fact that utilities are looking beyond supply-side solutions is not necessarily bad for contractors, says Tom Scotney.

Middle East in brief

Abu Dhabi-based new energy organisation Masdar has completed its twoyear renewables-driven desalination pilot programme at Ghantoot....

GrahamTek backers hope to make the case for 16in ...

Private equity investors in South Africa have made a major bet on turning a local engineer into a major global desalination...

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...

Metito crosses the finishing line on marathon Rwa...

The project developer can now begin work on the water treatment and supply project, some two and a half years after it was first...

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...

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....

Desalters sweat the small stuff

Top-line numbers may be positive for the region, but smaller opportunities might be more tempting, argues Tom Scotney.

Middle East in brief

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