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Thailand has only recently resumed the process of privatising its water industry, which first began in the mid-1990s. So far, private sector contracts have been awarded for water supply to districts on the outskirts of Bangkok, along with several smaller projects (see table on page 4). New capital is needed to upgrade outdated production and distribution systems, but several stumbling blocks need to be overcome in order to renew private sector interest.
Welcome to the March issue of Global Water Intelligence. We have decided to focus on Thailand this month.
CHINA has launched another long-anticipated water diversion project to reroute water from the Yangtze river to farmland in the north of the country. The State Council is expected to approve the $17 billion first phase of the scheme later this year.
DEGRÉMONT has booked a €50 million contract to design, build and operate a 635,000 m3/day WTP at Sonia Vihar in New Delhi.
THE SECOND PHASE of the Cigli wastewater treatment plant has been inaugurated at Izmir in Turkey. The plant will process industrial and domestic wastewater which had been polluting Izmir Bay.
FINNISH WATER AND SEWERAGE services company Soil and Water – part of the Jaako Pöyry group – has been awarded the fourth phase of a project to develop potable water, wastewater and solid waste management systems in the Vietnamese city of Haiphong under a contract worth $5.2 million.
THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK is to lend Sri Lanka $19.7 million to improve water resources management in the capital, Colombo. The loan will help finance a project to strengthen institutional capacity and further develop the National Water Resources Authority (NWRA).
THE UK’S MOTT MACDONALD has been appointed by the Asian Development Bank to assist in a programme of institutional strengthening and capacity building for Cambodia’s newly created Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM).
THE STATE GOVERNMENT of Karnataka in India has signed a memorandum of understanding for two water services projects with a consortium led by Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux and Vivendi Water.
THE PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT has abandoned its plan to build the Kalabagh dam and will now explore other potential sites including one at Bhasha.