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A Sino-German project is aiming to rehabilitate one of the Chinese capital’s reservoirs. More collaborative ventures could follow.
Is Japan overcoming its habitual resistance to private sector participation?
A consortium led by Cascal, the joint venture company formed by the UK’s Biwater and Nuon of the Netherlands, has withdrawn from a 30-year concession to manage water supply services in Pekanbaru in Indonesia’s Riau province.
VIVENDI WATER has signed a contract with Malaysia’s national oil company Petronas for outsourcing water treatment and supply services at the Kerith petrochemical complex in Terengganu state.
A CREDIT OF $145 MILLION is to be made available to Azerbaijan for the reconstruction of the Samur-Absheron canal.
India’s new national water policy has called for private sector participation, “in specific situations”, for building, owning, leasing and transfer of water resources. However, while foreign private water companies are likely to regard this as a step in the right direction, they are unlikely to be falling over themselves to catch the next flight to the subcontinent.
A recent study has mooted extensive private sector participation (PSP) in the water sector in India’s Gujarat state. The study suggested that there was no alternative to PSP for improving the state’s mismanaged water supply system.
PHILIPPINE CONGLOMERATE BENPRES HOLDINGS is seeking a buyer for its shares in Maynilad Water Services, its joint venture with Ondeo, which has a 25-year concession to provide water and wastewater services to the west zone of Manila.
Private participation in Japan’s water industry has been limited to date. However, the considerable financial strain on the sector has led to a series of reforms paving the way for municipal reorganisation and likely future PFI work for international private water companies.
AQUAMUNDO HAS SIGNED A LETTER OF INTENT to set up a joint venture for water supply and wastewater services in the Chinese city of Foshan (see GWI, Vol. 3, Issue 6, p.7).