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

Saudi Arabia pushes for speed on regional PPP contracts

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Time is of the essence for the Saudi authorities as they look to get the first elements of a dual-stage management-to-concession process out to the market this year. With many questions still to be...

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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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Mashhad wate... Iran 15 Jun 18 The client iss... WTP
Mashhad wate... Iran 15 Jun 18 The client iss... WTP
Mombasa desa... Kenya 14 Jun 18 Almar Water So... Desal
Umm al Quwai... United Arab Emirates 13 Jun 18 The team compr... Desal
Nouadhibou d... Mauritania 12 Jun 18 Expressions of... Desal

WEC reassures Saudi PPP bidders over project crowding as new investors step up

Khalid Al-Qureshi, the head of the body at the centre of Saudi Arabia’s water privatisation process, told delegates at GWI’s Saudi privatisation workshop last month that the company is well equipped to take on the challenges facing it....

Saudi Arabia unveils more private wastewater treatment plants

Following a very strong response from bidders to two flagship projects, the pace of the independent sewage treatment plant programme is set to pick up.

Desalination giant SWCC plots out a future without desal plants

The planned brownfield privatisation of water production in the Kingdom means that the world’s largest desalination company now faces the prospects of a future without any plants. What does the future hold for the Saline Water Conversion...

Jordan says Red-Dead desal could still be on

The long-awaited project hit political problems last year, but Jordan wants to remain positive. It is still pushing ahead with alternatives.

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Making the water-energy nexus pay off

Parallels between the water and energy sectors are often drawn, and in the Middle East this has historically been most apparent through the colocation of thermal energy and thermal desalination facilities. The power plants burn subsidised oil or gas, while the thermal desalination units use the steam produced to provide the thermal input that makes up the majority of the high energy toll of distillation. Desalination units can also share the intake facilities which provide the cooling water needed for the power plants. By using this... Read more

Padlock GWI Briefing: Middle East & Africa

Water sector awaits Jordan government reshuffle

Jordanian water minister Ali Al-Ghazawi is waiting to hear about his future – just three months after...

Moroccan king recommends desal to curb water crisis

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has ordered the construction of new dams across the country as a matter of...

Jordan signs deal for inter-utility water transfers

Jordan’s three water utilities have agreed to allow transfers of potable water between them as they...

Hassan Allam scoops up Egyptian water contracts

Egyptian construction giant Hassan Allam has picked up a trio of sizeable domestic water references in...

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

Global Water Market 2014 identifies the best global opportunities for private sector participation and investment over the next five years. The report is an essential resource for planning your business strategy and for expanding your business into these profitable country markets.

Construction giant Hassan Allam plans pivot to wa...

One of Egypt’s largest companies is looking to take advantage of what it predicts will be a renaissance in Egyptian water...

Haya Water seeks to set benchmark for PPPs in Oma...

The country’s sewage network needs serious investment. National wastewater authority Haya Water is looking to make a...

Israel steps up desalination expansion plans

Drought and population growth have convinced the state to firm up the tender timetable for the next phase of its desalination...

Lagos State re-ignites water PPP programme

The market for water BOTs in Nigeria is being revived with a new set of opportunities. It will need to go hand-in-hand with reform.

Middle East in brief

A consortium comprising PwC, Curtis, Castalia and Mott MacDonald is understood to have been appointed to advise Oman’s Nama...

WEC prepares for PPP take-off

Saudi Arabia’s central water offtaker has published RFPs for two major new projects in the last month: the Shuqaiq 3 IWP and...

Glut of PPP projects brings new state-owned playe...

International project developers are struggling against suppressed returns on project equity due to the number of project...

Egypt lays out its 20-year desalination plans

The country wants to increase its portfolio more than sixfold by 2037. The process of expansion is already well underway.

Rise in UAE water demand leads to boom for privat...

One of the region’s most groundbreaking concessions is set to double in size, courtesy of its first expansion since being...

Fragmented Libyan authorities push desal

The need and the appetite for desalination in the troubled country is intense. The ability to deliver the infrastructure is less...

New fund to boost African non-sewer sanitation

Piped sanitation is a pipe dream for many African cities. A new fund could make the alternatives much more palatable.

Progressive African cities learn from RASOP’s fable

A series of bankable non-sewer sanitation projects has emerged from a programme designed to inspire African cities to clean up.

Middle East in brief

Egyptian contracting giant Orascom Construction has cited growth in its water division as a key driver behind positive 2017 results....

Looking past the end of history

Tom Scotney looks at the surprise impact of Abu Dhabi’s utility restructuring – and why the private sector...