Insights

Salvaging real value from Abengoa’s misery

Earlier this year Abengoa Water was voted Water Company of the Year by GWI readers. During 2014, the company contracted two major water pipeline projects – at San Antonio in the US and Denizli in Turkey – and began work on the Zapotillo pipeline in Mexico. In desalination, it closed the financing of the 100,000m3/d Agadir plant in Morocco, signed a contract...

COP21: does Paris or the Pacific hold the answers?

By next Friday – when the COP21 talks in Paris wind up – we should know whether the future is climate change mitigation or climate change adaptation. The choice of whether we as a planet decide to focus on actions that reduce emissions which contribute to climate change or pursue a path which aims to mimimise the negative impacts of climate change will shape...

Water is a double agent in the Middle East conflict

I like to be optimistic about the future of the water market: it helps sell magazines if people feel that there is an upside in every issue they read. At times, however, I do have to admit to some apprehension about the future, and looking at the current situation in the Middle East caused me to have one such moment of doubt.

The truth is that for most of the past 15...

Where is the market for water services leading us?

We are currently awaiting the arrival of hard copies of our latest market report: Industrial Water Services and Chemicals. It is the first market report we have published which focuses on operating expenditure rather than capital expenditure, but it was prompted by the blurring of the lines between the two. There are two things driving this: one is the fact that while...

Reconnecting China’s water market with Planet Earth

I have been in Shanghai this week for Umore’s Clean Connect conference. The idea of the event is to put Chinese companies working in the environmental services arena in touch with foreign technology businesses. It is an interesting indicator of how times have changed. Ten years ago, an event like this would have been mobbed by Western companies all hoping to drive...

Are there serious alternatives to big infrastructure?

I have been in Abu Dhabi this week for the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council meeting. The objective of the event is to provide some of the ideas that will drive the discussion at the WEF’s annual meeting in Davos in January.

Two things came out of the discussions from my point of view. The first is a better understanding of the reality for water...