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TECH STORIES Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

  • Xylem has spent $400 million on Pure Technologies, the Canadian pipeline analytics business. It is the first time the US water technology group has taken an interest in networks, and it may be the beginning of a much larger...
  • Evoqua is also in the market for new technologies in the wake of its IPO (see interview with CEO Ron Keating...
  • Oasys, the forward osmosis specialist which once looked poised to clean up in the industrial brine concentration market, has halted commercial operations and put its patents up for sale. It is the result of a horrible mess in...
  • Oasys’s difficulties in China come in the context of an unexpected softening in demand for zero liquid discharge technologies. It seems that...
  • GrahamTek, the South African desalination design engineer, has secured a $250 million financing commitment to enable it to re-enter the market for systems supply. The company lost control of its...

CONSUMER PROTECTION Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

  • The UK’s Ofwat has proposed a 2.4% weighted average cost of capital for the next asset management period (2020-2025). It is 1.3% lower than...
  • Chile’s presidential election is turning out to be an important one for its investor-owned water companies. Centre-left candidate Alejandro Guillier wants to...
  • Abengoa’s Nungua desalination project is in deep difficulty, with off-taker Ghana Water struggling to meet the payments under a dollar-denominated take-or-pay contract. The price Ghana Water pays for the desalted water is...
  • Metito has finally closed the $60.8 million financing of its Rwanda bulk water supply project, after two and a half years of negotiation. It wasn’t helped by the arrest of...
  • Shares in Tallinna Vesi fell by 20% this month after Estonia’s supreme court ruled that it had to change its tariff structure. The company, which was once considered...

NEW MONEY Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

  • EagleTree Capital has taken a majority stake in Texas-based mobile water and wastewater treatment specialist WaterFleet. The company specialises in...
  • Ecological Service Partners has secured a $250 million equity commitment to help it grow its business. The company makes its money from...
  • Brazil’s Iguá Saneamento is looking to invest BRL2.2 billion ($923 million) in water and sewerage services over the next seven years. The company used to...

CORPORATES Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

  • Suez held an investor day earlier this month to introduce Suez Water Technologies & Solutions, the newly formed subsidiary which incorporates its GE Water acquisition. Despite promising to increase...
  • Veolia issued a €500 million 3-year bond with a negative yield last month. It is the first time that investors have been prepared to take a capital loss to hold a BBB-rated bond: a sure sign that they are no longer...
  • Severn Trent Services, the US-based contract operations business which was sold by its UK parent earlier this year, has been rebranded as Inframark. CEO Stephane Bouvier tells GWI...

OPPORTUNITIES Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

  • The regional government of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain is set to tender ten 25-year concessions next summer, covering more than...
  • Morocco is pushing ahead with a major new privately financed desalination plant...
  • The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority has proposed a private finance model to expand its 91,000m3/d Hamriyah plant to a possible...
  • The bankruptcy of M&G Chemicals has created an intriguing opportunity for intrepid water investors. The company owns an 8.8MGD (33,300m3/d) desal plant in...
  • Sri Lanka’s National Water Supply and Drainage Board is on the cusp of approving shortlisted bidders for the country’s first large-scale desalination plant and its first...

Chart of the Month: Reality Bites Desal Forecast Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

This month’s chart shows the difference that a decade has made on the outlook for the desalination market.

Twenty scandals that rocked the water world Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

The world of water has seen its share of scandals, and dealt with the fallout of political and business misbehaviour. GWI looks at twenty occasions where the great and seemingly good of the water sector fell from grace.

What is going on in the world? Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

Christopher Gasson looks what will shape water in 2018.

Index up, despite UK slump Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

A sell-off in UK water stocks on fears of a harsh regulatory settlement failed to send the index into negative territory. Meanwhile, the liquidity of two stocks is set to be boosted.

Not for the faint of heart Vol 18, Issue 12 (December 2017)

The challenges presented by landfill leachate mean the design of a treatment system can be complex. Tom Pankratz argues that system providers who exercise caution will be most rewarded.