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As monopolies, water utilities have never had to worry too much about the wider benefits their interventions have on society at large. The sector’s first ‘social bond’ is set to challenge that notion.
A new 40-year bond linked to the consumer price index is believed to be the longest ever issued in this format by a UK water utility. With demand sporadic at best, what will it take to bring CPI-linked debt into the mainstream?
Joined-up thinking could mean the sewer blockages facing Thames Water could be turned into an opportunity, says David Lloyd Owen.
The UK Labour Party’s plans to buy back outstanding PFI contracts if it gets into power were met with disdain by industry body CBI, which said in a statement that the party’s “vision of massive state intervention is the wrong plan at the wrong time.”
Severn Trent’s AMP7 tender has reignited debate over the shape of client-contractor relationships in the next asset management period. Some will fare better than others.
An industry workshop on 9th October will give UK water players the opportunity to engage with the regulator to shape its vision for how future water projects could be financed off-balance sheet. What are the key points of contention?
The ability to use data for proactive asset management promises much in the way of efficiencies for UK water companies going forward. Is the supply chain on board?
The reversion of a further two contracts to public sector management over the summer could herald a worrying trend for Spanish private water operators. How much of it is political bluff?
Veolia refreshes its approach to French water as profitability concerns hit home Vol 18, Issue 9 (September 2017)
It is no secret that the net profit in Veolia’s domestic water business has eroded away to almost nothing. The new CEO of Veolia Eau France is convinced that a redefinition of the way the group interacts with its core client base is the key to restoring margins.
After being blacklisted by the World Bank in 2015 because it did not police its freelance associates effectively, the German engineer has made compliance a competitive advantage, and is back on the road to growth. Managing director Ralf Bufler explains his strategy.