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Who will buy GE Water?

The sale of GE Water has been rumoured for years. Now, thanks to the parent company’s decision to merge its oil and gas interests with Baker Hughes, GE Water is finally on the block. It is without doubt the highest quality large water asset to come onto the market in a decade, and its sale will reshape the whole industry.

The question is, who is going to buy it?

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Turning an asset business into a service business

When we chose “Catalyzing Collaboration” as the theme for this year’s American Water Summit, it didn’t seem that urgent. Six months later, I am very glad we went with it: something is changing in the US water market, and it means that different kinds of companies are going to find themselves working together in ways they never did before.

When I...

Aussie desalters created Frankenstein’s monster

Utility leaders in Australia have a lot in common with Dr Frankenstein. It is not a comparison I had ever thought of until I visited Brisbane this week for the International Water Association’s World Water Congress and Exhibition. I was supposed to be there to join a panel to discuss the learning points from the Millennium Drought.

The story is very much one of...

Crocodiles and gnus in Iran’s water market

I have been in Tehran this week for the first Iranian Water Summit. I say first, because attendance far exceeded my expectations, and what we are seeing in Iran today is just the beginning of something that is going to grow and grow.

Victor Garnreiter, Suez’s VP for International Development, captured the mood of the meeting with a great metaphor for the current...

Will digital water flood us with M&A deals?

The next big consolidation in the water sector is going to involve monitoring, control and data management. That is my conclusion from reading some of the early drafts of our new report, Water’s Digital Future: the outlook for monitoring, control and data management systems.

Historically this area has been highly fragmented with a number of specialist...

The Wizard of Oz to advise water’s High-Level Panel

I was in Stockholm last week for World Water Week. A lot of the talk was about the High-Level Panel on water that has been organised by the United Nations and the World Bank. This is headed by the presidents of Mexico and Mauritius, and includes the premiers of Senegal, the Netherlands, Hungary, Tajikistan, Jordan, Bangladesh, Australia, and South Africa. Water is not...