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As the bids come in for Saudi Arabia’s flagship privately financed desalination plant at Rabigh, an unprecedented level of involvement from domestic investors has emerged. Who are the Saudi investors defining the future of the country’s PPP market?
The Omani industrial utility will reuse waste streams from the country’s newest desalination plant.
The country’s desal authorities have begun work on new plants. Will extending agreements with current suppliers derail procurement?
Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation has a well-established relationship with contractors in the Far East. As technical and financial pressures change, the centre of gravity for desal contracting is on the shift in the world’s largest market for desalination.
If delivered, the project would be a ground-breaker for mobile desalination use.
As oil prices recover and capital budgets look more secure, the utility for the northern emirates of the UAE has started tendering for two major new desalination projects. Despite the return to public finance, the utility’s desalination PPP aspirations are still on track.
Desal plants are not only the most high-tech solution to water shortages, they are increasingly the only one, says Tom Scotney.
The African Development Bank has approved a $62 million loan to support the development of Uganda’s Strategic Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project, a five-year plan to improve rural utility coverage.
As the Egyptian economy improves, life has returned to the water and wastewater project markets. A new round of tariff rises is aimed at bolstering the balance sheets of utilities.
The collapse of the country’s government at a key time has disrupted projects, and could block attempts to reform water finances.