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Five groups have been shortlisted to build a 100,000m3/d seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant near Perth, Western Australia. If it receives approval from the Western Australian government – expected in the next six to eight weeks – the plant will be commissioned and enter commercial operation at the end of July 2004.
The Nepalese government is continuing with its preparations for the Kathmandu Valley management contract despite receiving prequalification proposals from only three groups. Final details are still under discussion but are likely to involve modifications to the original PQ criteria.
Vivendi Water has booked a major 50-year contract in China to manage drinking water distribution in the Pudong business quarter of Shanghai. Not to be outdone, the group’s main rival, Ondeo, has signed two new contracts in Qingdao and Shanghai for a total value of €460 million.
AQUAMUNDO SAYS IT IS CLOSE TO SIGNING two PPP deals for sewage treatment plants in China.
ONDEO HAS BEEN CHOSEN by the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park as its partner for a new petrochemical industrial park.
Private sector participation in Asian water supply and sewerage projects has slowed dramatically since 1997/98. Regulatory and tariff uncertainties are holding up deals, water utilities remain subject to political interference, and the downturn in the Asian project finance market has meant that non-recourse lenders are reluctant to provide funding for projects. However, the growing availability of local currency financing in Asia is allowing projects to close in spite of the difficult market conditions.
Faced with the need to modernise public infrastructure throughout the country, the South Korean government recently launched an ambitious programme to encourage increased private sector participation (PSP) in the utilities secto
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.