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Thermoplastic Vol 18, Issue 2 (February 2017)

  • The National Water Company in Saudi Arabia has outlined a list of operating assets it hopes to make available to the private sector through brownfield BOT contracts, in a bid to recycle capital. The move is part of a major repositioning of the water and wastewater utility as it looks to meet the requirements of...
  • The NWC’s desalinationfocused neighbour, the Saline Water Conversion Corporation, meanwhile, is well underway with its own greenfield and brownfield privatisation plan. While a treasure trove of new privately financed IWPs is on the horizon, SWCC seems to be looking at a build-financetransfer model for...
  • Hyflux CEO Olivia Lum was at Changi General Hospital earlier this month to celebrate the launch of a medical trial of Hyflux’s ELO water on diabetic patients. Hyflux set up ELO with a Hungarian therapeutic water supplier in 2015 in a bid to diversify away from...
  • Oman is considering its own structural reform plan, following the submission to the government of recommendations on the structure of public water bodies. Plans to merge water and wastewater under corporatised regional water bodies are aimed at...

Private to public Vol 18, Issue 2 (February 2017)

  • Singapore-based engineering and equipment sales business De.mem is planning to raise A$3.75-4.50 million (US$2.9-3.5 million) via an initial public offering (IPO) on the Australian Stock Exchange at the end of March. The company has...
  • Rean Water Tech, a twoyear- old Indian infrastructure operator focused on municipal water and wastewater treatment projects, is looking to offload a significant minority stake to an international partner to fund its next stage of growth. CEO Hitesh Arora thinks the company has the potential to...
  • Canadian waste-to-energy company Anaergia, too, is open to the idea of external investment in its Fibreplate ultrafiltration membrane business, CEO Andrew Benedek tells GWI this month...

'F' is for finance Vol 18, Issue 2 (February 2017)

  • The selection of a Maple Reinders-led team as the preferred bidder for a $178 million design-build-finance-operate (DBFO) contract in Hamilton, Ontario last month signifies the first privately financed biosolids management project in North America to move beyond the planning stages in over three years...
  • Cities across India also appear to be embracing the private finance model for largescale desalination projects. Initial excitement from the market was, somewhat inevitably, dimmed when prospective developers took a closer look...

Losing arms and legs Vol 18, Issue 2 (February 2017)

  • The Agbar group, Suez’s subsidiary in Spain, is fighting to defend its dominant position on home ground in Catalunya as opposition to private sector management of water services grows in the wake of the Catalan government’s botched ATLL concession...
  • Kelda, the holding company for Yorkshire Water in the UK, has put its non-regulated business up for sale. The £100 million-a-year business has three main subsidiaries operating long-term contracts in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and also owns anaerobic digestion plants in Edinburgh and Cardiff. The move has reignited speculation over the future of...
  • Kelda’s ownership structure has been remarkably stable since being taken over back in 2007, even while trade has been brisk in slugs of privately held equity in a number of the other regulated UK water companies, often at multiples well in excess of their regulatory asset value. This month alone, Hastings Fund Management took its stake in South East Water up to 100%, Morgan Stanley announced...
  • Ironically, it is Macquarie which seems to be having the most trouble as it seeks to offload its remaining stake in Thames Water. Earlier this month, the Australian fund manager attempted to rekindle interest in...

Latin lovers Vol 18, Issue 2 (February 2017)

  • A broad array of top-flight international consultancy firms – including KPMG, EY, Accenture, CH2M, Bain, and PwC – are among the 20 consortia shortlisted by Brazilian stateowned bank BNDES earlier this month to map out the creation of private sector concessions in six state water operators.
  • Colombia and Peru, too, are looking for ways to smooth out impediments to getting water PPPs over the finish-line.

Water consumption in Saudi Arabia Vol 18, Issue 2 (February 2017)

Introducing the GWI Water Market Transparency Index Vol 18, Issue 2 (February 2017)

Whether it is outright bribery or hidden barriers to exclude outsiders from profitable markets, there is a lot that gets in the way of free competition in water.

Data vs. desal in Riyadh Vol 18, Issue 2 (February 2017)

Christopher Gasson looks at how data collection is spelling the end of project-led, productivity-poor utilities.

Safe to go back in the water? Vol 18, Issue 2 (February 2017)

The appreciation of the Brazilian currency helped Bovespa-listed water stocks to hit new highs this month. How much steam is there left in the market?

The ins and outs of desalination Vol 18, Issue 2 (February 2017)

The proportional costs of intakes and outfalls of a desalination plant are increasing rapidly. Tom Pankratz argues that an impetus on research in this area is more justified than looking at membrane improvements.