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THE GERMAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION, KFW, is providing an €8 million grant to the east Indonesian province of Nusa Tenggara Timur to extend and modernise the water supply system in Sumba and West Timor. The aim is to provide drinking water for the population, thereby reducing the occurrence of diarrhoea and parasites.
The Nepalese government has outlined the procedure and time frame for choosing a private operator to run water supply and sewerage services in the Kathmandu Valley. A private operator will be selected to take over the management of the water utilities within the valley from the Nepal Water Supply Corporation (NWSC).
India’s politicians, the overseers of a market filled with potential for the world’s private sector water companies, are unwilling to grasp the nettle of tariff reform which blocks the path to reliable, regular water supplies for the country’s thirsty millions.
ONDEO is to take maximum advantage of the gradual liberalisation of the water and energy sectors in China, according to Suez chairman and CEO Gérard Mestrallet.
SUEZ’S ONDEO SUBSIDIARY has been declared preferred bidder by the South Korean municipality of Pusan to manage the city’s wastewater treatment installations on a BOT basis. The contract will last for 18 years and cover financing and construction of a 135,000m3/d STP and a 24km collector network.
Water industry news is mixed this month and certainly not all good for private sector operators and banks.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said that it is not inclined to look at a loan restructuring package to help ease the burden of Maynilad Water Services’ debt payments. Maynilad’s problems stem from an $800 million debt inherited from the state-owned Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
VIVENDI WATER has been selected by the South Korean town of Inchon (population 2.4 million) and the county of Chilgok to build and operate two wastewater treatment plants.
THE FINAL DECISION on which consortium will be awarded the Beijing No. 10 water treatment plant BOT appears closer following the conclusion of the first round of bidding.
THE EXPORT- IMPORT BANK (EXIM BANK) of Malaysia has confirmed its participation in the $135 million Thu Duc BOT water supply project in Vietnam.