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

Saudis lay out PPP-driven water sector overhaul

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The running of almost every part of one of the world’s largest water markets is being reconsidered, as the Kingdom attempts to marry its twin ambitions of massive investment and sectoral...

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

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Rural water ... Tunisia 17 Jan 17 The World Bank... WTP
Umm al Quwai... United Arab Emirates 17 Jan 17 On 17 January ... Desal
Adiyan II WTP Nigeria 16 Jan 17 A request for ... WTP
Mamelles (fo... Senegal 13 Jan 17 A construction... Desal
Lusaka WWTPs Zambia 12 Jan 17 A request for ... WWTP

Marafiq shows off PPP credentials

The industrial city utility says its work with the private sector can be an example for similar municipal cooperation. It wants to take an active hand in new PPP projects.

Renewed national offtaker WEC signs on team to advise on first new IWPs

Saudi Arabia’s rejuvenated purchaser of privately produced water has taken its first steps back into the market.

Saudi PPP commitment leads to privately financed project bonanza

The Kingdom’s decision to turn to the private sector to prop up its capital budget will see its first impact in the project market, with tenders switched to privately financed procurement models. The scale of investment needed means the...

The bottom-up approach to PPP

Private groundwater supplier Mowah has welcomed the inclusion of brackish groundwater treatment and supply projects in the Kingdom’s privatisation plans.

Tom scotney

A time for smooth operators

It’s natural to react with a certain level of caution to the massive restructuring of the water sector announced by Saudi Arabia in the past few weeks. After all, total sectoral reorganisation is easy to plan and announce, but less easy to actually make a reality. That said, it would be silly to overlook the cultural sea change in terms of politics and petro-economics that underpins this latest round of PPP aspirations. Lower oil prices are a reality, as is the Saudi commitment to change, and while the level and nature of the impending... Read more

Padlock GWI Briefing: Middle East & Africa

Rwanda cuts rural water price as urban tariff rises

Rwanda’s national water regulator has slashed the cost of water in rural areas in a bid to open up...

Kibbutz desal plant to tackle Israeli water shortage

A new brackish water desalination plant is set to tackle drought conditions in the north of Israel, as the...

Major sovereigns back Emirati desal investor Utico

Burgeoning Emirates-based power and water project developer Utico has received a major boost after securing...

Israel-Jordan pipeline provides Red-Dead fillip

Israeli national water company Mekorot has been given the go-ahead to begin construction of a 5.5-kilometre...

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Lower oil prices pay dividends for industrial wat...

With oil prices still weak despite a recent production cut agreement, investment in efficiency is the name of the game for the oil...

Qualified bidders emerge for Red Sea-Dead Sea des...

Five teams have been given the go-ahead to bid on one of water’s largest – and most complex – projects.

Doosan mulls project equity to retain Saudi desal...

The Korean firm secured a position as the leading contractor in the world’s largest desalination market, with a string of...

Middle East water in brief

Dubai is looking to follow in the footsteps of neighbouring emirate Abu Dhabi by examining the possibility of an aquifer storage and...

All change for SWCC as Saudi kicks off desalinati...

The world’s biggest market for desalination is undergoing a structural revolution as a result of the drop in energy prices. As...

Procurement picks up with new CEO arriving at Oma...

The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company has provided one of the most stable project flows in the region. With a new top man on...

FEWA takes on desal specialist ILF to carry out 2...

A new study will outline options for desalination as the utility looks to take water supply into its own hands.

The Kingdom’s new face of desal

Tom Scotney outlines four challenges facing newly appointed Saudi desalination boss Ali al-Hazmi.

Middle East water in brief

Groups led by HSBC, KPMG and PwC have submitted bids to advise on the procurement of the 272,760m3/d & 1,200MW Ad Dur 2 power...

African desal

  • Kenya’s second city, Mombasa, is looking for a developer to build three privately financed desalination plants with a total...

Getting the gnus across the river in Iran

Last month saw the holding of the first Iranian Water Summit in Tehran. Hundreds of delegates from government bodies and...

Tunisia launches emergency desal strategy

Low rainfall and a protracted procurement schedule for large-scale desalination plants have forced the Tunisian authorities to...

Abu Dhabi looks to bolster desal water supply opt...

Despite a prolific desalination building programme, water demand is soon set to outstrip supply in the emirate. The next major step...

Desal picks up steam in Egypt as Cairo aims to re...

New Metito contracts show desalination is taking centre stage as the country looks to shore up its drinking water supply.