Abu Dhabi showed heavy involvement in water this week, with the announced completion of 22 solar desalination projects and the hosting of a delegation of water and wastewater industry experts from the UK. These events come on the heels of the World Future Energy Summit held in Abu Dhabi, where the emirate explained its plan to take a “comprehensive and holistic approach” to water security over the next 1-2 years. Details on these events and more can be found below.
- Siemens Industry Automation Division entered into an agreement to acquire Cambridge Water Technology, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in an effort to strengthen its product portfolio for municipal water and wastewater treatment as well as select industrial markets.
- Water Resources Group (WRG) has entered into a joint venture agreement with Mandala Water to use all WRG’s products and water technologies in desalination markets in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. WRG owns a 49% stake in the venture and Mandala Water owns 51%.
- The European Investment Bank allocated €27m in funding to upgrade water infrastructure in the Seychelles. Under the project, the water network will be rationalized to improve pressure management and reduce leakages.
- Severn Trent issued a £250 million 30-year bond at 188 basis points over the 30-year Gilt benchmark.
- Tri-Tech Holding secured a Build-Transfer contract for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant and a wastewater pipeline network in Dawangdian Industrial Park in Xushui County, Hebei Province. The aggregate budget of the projects is totaled at approximately $7.9 million (50 million RMB).
- A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the construction of the 30 MGD Initial Expansion of the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS). The $142.7 million project, estimated to be completed by fall 2014, will create an additional 31,000 acre-feet per year (AFY) of new water supplies to serve north and central Orange County (California), bringing the total production of the GWRS to 103,000 AFY.
- Scottish Water is set to start three major projects valued at £13m to improve wastewater treatment works around Glasgow and Paisley in Scotland. Around £6.5m will be allocated for work at Shieldhall wastewater treatment works, while £5.5m will be invested in the Laighpark facility, and £1m in funding for the work at Dalmarnock.
- The Ontario Clean Water Agency was awarded a five-year, $35.1m operations and maintenance (O&M) contract from the Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System and the Elgin Area Primary Water Supply System in Canada.
- The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) completed the construction of 22 (out of 30 planned) solar desalination plants in Abu Dhabi, the UAE.
- Osmoflo won a six-year contract to operate a 2,000m3/d RO plant serving the El Tesoro copper mine in Chile. The plant treats municipal wastewater purchased from the Antofagasta regional council, as well as locally sourced brackish bore water.
Innovation/ New Products
- Aclara has unveiled its STAR ZoneScan, an automated system used for detecting underground leaks on water mains, for widespread distribution. The system is a combination of the STAR Network two-way, fixed-network AMI technology from Aclara, and the leak-intelligence units from Gutermann International.
- A high-level delegation of companies from the United Kingdom water and wastewater sector recently visited Abu Dhabi and Dubai in an effort to explore business opportunities and further strengthen existing commercial partnerships between the two countries.
- Oasys Water, a provider of forward osmosis technology for desalination, brine recovery and water reuse, announced the appointment of Bob Muscat as CEO, marking the beginning of the company’s commercialization phase.
- The European Commission has opened formal antitrust proceedings to investigate whether Saur, Suez Environnement and Veolia, together with their trade association FP2E, have broken EU rules by colluding on prices in the French water and wastewater markets.
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