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CHEAP WATER Vol 19, Issue 8 (August 2018)

  • A stunning bid opening in Riyadh at the beginning of this month looks set to reverse the 15-year long upward trend in the cost of desalination. An ACWA Power-led consortium offered...
  • Insiders suggest that ACWA’s low bid was based on lower operating costs rather than lower capital costs. With three more big plants...
  • The Gulf desal market is hotter than it has ever been. Over the past month, Kuwait has announced plans for two massive privately financed power and water projects with a combined capacity of 1,318,340m3/d). Oman has asked for expressions of interest from...
  • Meanwhile, the National Water Company in Saudi Arabia has invited local and international firms to take part in a market sounding exercise for its plan to open up the water distribution process to the private sector through regional operations contracts...

INVESTOR-OWNED Vol 19, Issue 8 (August 2018)

  • The saga of the SJW-Connecticut Water merger continues. Just as SJW came in with a $70-a-share offer...
  • Suez is raising $601 million by selling a 20% stake in...
  • Also investing for a minority share this month is Canadian infrastructure investor AIMCo, which has agreed to take a 31% stake in...

READY FOR THE BILLION-DOLLAR MIDSTREAM Vol 19, Issue 8 (August 2018)

Frac’ water management equipment lined up at the Horseshoe Arena in Midland, Texas this month as GWI staged the Produced Water Society’s second annual Permian Basin event. It attracted more than twice last year’s attendance...

ANTOFAGASTIC Vol 19, Issue 8 (August 2018)

  • EPM, the public utility owned by the city of Medellín and backed by the IFC to become one of the leading international utility groups in Latin America, has run into difficulties. Losses...
  • Also in Northern Chile, Antofagasta plc, the mining company which was one of the original developers of the region, has announced...

MORE M&A Vol 19, Issue 8 (August 2018)

  • Swedish private equity group EQT looks set to buy France’s number three water operator...
  • Triwater Holdings’ private equity owners are expected to start soliciting buyers for the remainder of the business after Labor Day. As the name suggests, the company originally had three rather disparate parts...
  • Recent sales of water businesses have attracted hordes of private equity bidders. It is squeezing out the trade buyers, who seem to be finding more value buying...

CHINESE PUZZLES Vol 19, Issue 8 (August 2018)

  • State-owned EPC giant China National Machinery Import and Export Corp. is looking for an equity partner to help develop...
  • There is plenty of growth in the Chinese market. CITIC Envirotech reported a fivefold increase in...

Chart of the month: Middle East outlook Vol 19, Issue 8 (August 2018)

This month’s chart comes from GWI WaterData.

Water stocks, ten years after the crash Vol 19, Issue 8 (August 2018)

September marks the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. How have water stocks performed since then?

Which way water in 2019? Vol 19, Issue 8 (August 2018)

Christopher Gasson looks at the big economic picture for water.

Results send US index to new high Vol 19, Issue 8 (August 2018)

Despite a few wobbles during a frenetic earnings season, sound market fundamentals helped nudge the GWI Americas Index to a new all-time high this month.