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

Kingdom bundles assets into new PPP procurement wave

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Saudi Arabia is asking greenfield plant investors to take over ownership of nearby older facilities under a new batch of contracts. Will the sale of ageing but upgradeable plants be a necessary...

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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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Cape Town SWRO South Africa 16 Nov 17 Proposals for ... Desal
Casablanca d... Morocco 14 Nov 17 The Water Secr... Desal
Chbika desal... Morocco 14 Nov 17 Orascom is cur... Desal
Mombasa desa... Kenya 14 Nov 17 Three of the f... Desal
Damavand STP Iran 14 Nov 17 The client iss... WWTP

Israel government nixes direct sale of troubled Ashdod desalination plant

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 demand targets

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

Kigali looks to spur development with first piped wastewater breakthrough

The new central sewerage project lined up for the Rwandan capital marks a breakthrough for the government and the international donors backing it. It also marks a step back for water PPPs in the east African country.

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 Fihri’s sudden departure.

Tom scotney

The ‘80s revival in Saudi PPPs

In 2010 when I first started covering the Saudi water sector, the buzzword for PPPs was “bundling”. In the never-ending search for a workable business model to stimulate private investment in financially struggling municipal utilities, the idea was that by handing out enough construction opportunities, a vertically integrated city-wide investment and management programme could be made viable. While a successful blueprint for integrating private operators and investors into the customer-facing parts of the sector looks as far away as ever,... Read more

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Flood death mayor detained in Saudi graft purge

The former mayor of Jeddah – who attracted criticism for his handling of the Saudi city’s...

Private sector commitments to African water tail off

Private sector investment in water infrastructure in Africa dropped to zero last year, even as overall...

New Iranian water minister pledges focus on reuse

The newly appointed minister responsible for Iran’s utility services has promised to make wastewater...

Water ministry approves Saudi NWC role expansion

The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has expanded the remit of the Kingdom’s...

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

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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...

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...

Middle East water in brief

The European Investment Bank (EIB) could have its remit extended to Iran under a proposal being considered by the European...

Totex thinking’s white knight

 A rising tide of PSP in all its forms will make life easier for equipment suppliers in the Middle East, argues Tom Scotney.

Groundbreaking finance deal bodes well for Saudi ...

The financial package supporting ACWA Power’s Shoaiba 3 desalination expansion sets a benchmark for the Kingdom’s...

Ongoing droughts push desalination up the agenda ...

While Windhoek has flirted with desalination in the past, recent weather extremes have prompted a new feasibility study that will...

Cape Town grasps the nettle as it seeks to build ...

A slew of desalination tenders show that the city is serious about implementing supply-side solutions to deal with its most serious...

Tahal celebrates despite Kardan difficulties

The Israeli engineer hosted a big party this month at the Watec exhibition to celebrate 65 years of pursuing big water projects in...

Israeli water technology investors struggle to be...

Water innovators have struggled to replicate the commercial success seen in other areas of technology. Backers in the private sector...