Insights

What is coming this way from China?

I was in Shanghai last week for the two workshops we arranged to run alongside the Aquatech China 2016 trade show. One was focused on the opportunities in industrial wastewater treatment arising from the Water Ten Rules; the other focused on how Chinese water companies could follow the One Belt, One Road policy of developing new markets along the old Silk Road. It is...

China versus nativism in the battle for global water

In two weeks’ time I will be rushing home from a meeting of the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform in Brussels to vote in the referendum on Britain’s exit from the European Union.

There are no prizes for guessing which way I would be voting. You can’t run a magazine with the name “Global” in the title and support nativism in...

Are there any desalters smart enough to save Gaza?

I was in Ramallah last week at a workshop to discuss the tender process for the proposed desalination plant for Gaza. It was one of the most alarming and engaging discussions I have taken part in since starting at Global Water Intelligence.

The event was organised by the Middle East Desalination Research Centre, which was set up as part of the Oslo Accords in the 1990s...

Families of fish topple Saudi Arabia’s water greats

It is difficult not to feel a sense of outrage about the departures of Saudi Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussayen and the head of the National Water Company Loay Al-Musallam. They have both been fired to assuage public anger about the new water tariff regime introduced in January this year.

In my view, this tariff reform is the acid test of whether...

Between Iran and China, where’s the opportunity?

Two countries made a big impression on me at last week’s Global Water Summit in Abu Dhabi: Iran and China.

Iran is in the news because – with the end of sanctions – it looks like the next big market waiting to take off, and the round table sessions hosted by the Iranian delegation were very much over-subscribed. China, on the other hand, is the next...

Water reuse has overtaken desal. What does it mean?

I have been in Jeddah this week for the launch of the National Water Company’s Western Region projects, before coming back to the office to work on some of the forecasts for our new Global Water Market report. The two activities complement each other quite well. The issue I have been working on in terms of forecasts is the relative outlook for desalination versus...