The most important 14 water industry news for the 1st week of November



Italgas completes acquisition of Veolia’s water concessions in Italy, rebranding it as Nepta

Italgas completes acquisition of veolia's water concessions in Italy, regarding it as Nepta


Italgas has completed the acquisition of Veolia Environnement’s business unit responsible for water concessions in Italy. This acquisition marks Italgas’s expansion into the water sector and will be accompanied by a name change to Nepta.

The CEO, Paolo Gallo, emphasizes the need for a paradigm shift in water network efficiency and highlights the potential benefits of leveraging technology and expertise. The purchase price for the business unit is up to EUR 115 million, with certain objectives determining the payment structure.

Source: Italgas

Saudi’s SWPC announces financial close of Rabigh-4 Independent Water Plant

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SWPC has announced the successful financial closure of Rabigh-4 Independent Water Plant project. The project will be built and operated by a consortium consisting of ACWA Power, Almoayyed Group, and Haji Abdullah Alireza Company. The project aims to produce potable water using reverse osmosis technology for the Makkah and Madinah regions in Saudi Arabia.

Despite global market conditions, the completion of the project demonstrates SWPC’s commitment to supporting investment projects and increasing private sector participation. The initiative aligns with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and will generate job opportunities while supporting local content.

Source: Saudi Water Partnership Company

Interior announces $65 million for six rural water projects

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Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton recently announced $65 million in funding for rural water projects in fiscal year 2024 as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. These investments will support ongoing and planned projects in several states, including Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System will receive $7 million to continue the construction of the Raw Water Pipeline No. 1, which will provide a critical water supply to around 70,000 people in the region.

The Jicarilla Apache Rural Water System in New Mexico will receive an additional $10 million to support the completion of project components. These investments reflect the administration’s commitment to ensuring that rural communities have access to clean and reliable water supplies, particularly in the face of severe drought conditions and climate change impacts.

Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Bureau of Reclamation is investing a total of $8.3 billion over five years in various water infrastructure projects to enhance resilience and promote conservation and economic growth.

Source: U.S. Department of the Interior

Saudi Arabia’s Group Five secures $800 million contract for water transmission pipeline

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Group Five has won a 3 billion Saudi riyals ($800 million) contract for SWCC’s Ras Al Khair – Riyadh water transportation system project. The project involves the manufacture and supply of spiral-welded steel pipes for transporting water from Ras Al-Khair to Riyadh. The pipeline will be 391 kilometers long and have a capacity to transfer 1.2 million cubic meters per day of water.

Egypt to establish clean water projects worth $4.7 billion

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Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, Rania Al-Mashat, announced plans to establish clean water projects worth $4.741 billion during the Water Investment Forum. The Ministry aims to provide 30 water security projects, representing 19.5% of the development aid portfolio.
Al-Mashat emphasized Egypt’s commitment to international partnerships and highlighted the launch of Egypt’s National Strategy for Sustainable Development (Egypt Vision 2030) and the National Strategy for Climate Change 2050, aiming to enhance investments in the water sector.

ZwitterCo Launches Early Access Program For First Organic Fouling-Immune Reverse Osmosis Membrane

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ZwitterCo has launched an Early Access Program for their new BWRO membranes, which are immune to organic fouling and reduce cleaning frequency by up to 90%. The zwitterionic membrane technology solves the challenges of membrane fouling and degradation, restoring membrane performance with a water flush.
The program allows for field applications before commercial launch in 2024, offering special pricing and terms, technology development involvement, and system optimization. ZwitterCo aims to transform industrial water treatment and reuse, showcasing their RO elements at Aquatech Amsterdam and IWC exhibitions.
Source: ZwitterCo

SUEZ and Vodafone partner on connectivity for next generation of smart water meters

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SUEZ and Vodafone have formed a partnership to enhance smart metering network technology for water utilities. The partnership aims to provide a cost-effective Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) using Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology.

The solution will offer comprehensive coverage and easy deployment for water companies, regardless of geographical characteristics. The collaboration also plans to streamline data sets and transmissions to make smart monitoring more accessible and cost-effective.

Source: SUEZ

WWTP market size is worth US$194.7bn in 2030, according to Adroit Market Research reports

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Adroit Market Research has reported that the global wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5% and reach $194.7bn by 2031. The key players in the market include Dow Water and Process Solutions, Evoqua Water Technologies, GE Water, and more. Municipalities are expected to be the main users of wastewater treatment services, as the availability of high-quality water is essential for human health, social and economic growth, and ecosystems.
The APAC region is expected to dominate the market, driven by increased disposable income and improved living standards in emerging markets. WWTPs can help increase the efficiency of industrial production processes and remove contaminants throughout the wastewater treatment process for reuse.

Source:Adroit Market Research

Veolia and partners inaugurate Oman’s largest solar PV systems for desalination in the city of Sur

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The 17-megawatt peak (MWp) solar photovoltaic (PV) farm at the Sharqiyah Desalination Plant in Sur, Oman has been officially inaugurated. Developed by Veolia and TotalEnergies, it is the largest solar system for a desalination plant in Oman and will provide 100% of the plant’s electricity consumption during daylight hours. The plant is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 27,200 tonnes per year.
The solar plant’s construction started in August 2022, and commercial operation began on April 16, 2023. The lease agreement for the solar farm operation is until March 31, 2036. The inauguration was attended by officials from Veolia, Total Energies, government representatives, and partners of the Sharqiyah Desalination Company SAOG and Nama Power and Water Procurement Company.

The EU will invest almost €200M in grants and loans for a desalination plant project in Jordan

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The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, welcomed H.M. King Abdullah II from Jordan to Brussels, and announced a significant EU support package for Jordan worth €902 million, consisting of grants and loans from the European Investment Bank.

The package includes various initiatives to improve education, technical training, promote cultural heritage and sustainable jobs in the tourism sector, provide education, social protection, and water and sanitation services to refugees and vulnerable host communities, promote private sector development and education for youth employment and skills development, support investments in Jordan’s water shortage, reduce water losses and improve water supply sustainability in Jordan, and promote energy efficiency and biogas production.

The EU and Jordan have reaffirmed their strong partnership guided by the new Partnership Priorities, with a focus on good governance, green transition and a resilient economy, and human development. The EU has allocated €364 million for bilateral cooperation with Jordan from 2021 to 2024 in these priority areas.

USBR announces $64M for new water conservation agreements to protect the Colorado River System

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The Biden-Harris administration has announced $63.4 million in new investments to improve water conservation, efficiency, and environmental resource protection in the Colorado River System. Seven new system conservation agreements in Arizona will conserve up to 162,710-acre feet of water in Lake Mead through 2026. This will help protect Colorado River reservoir storage volumes amid persistent drought conditions driven by climate change.

The new conservation agreements build on the Biden-Harris Administration’s proposal to conserve at least 3 million-acre feet of Colorado River System water through the end of 2026.

Source: Bureau of Reclamation

Veolia unveils global AI solution for water, energy, and waste management revolution

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Veolia is using artificial intelligence to drive ecological transformation in its water, energy, and waste businesses.

Through its digital solutions called “Hubgrade,” Veolia enables smart monitoring of water, energy, and waste production and consumption, helping cities and industries optimize resource management. Veolia has already achieved significant results, such as reducing energy costs, avoiding CO2 emissions, reducing water leakage, and improving waste recovery.

These solutions are now available globally to help customers preserve water resources, optimize energy production, deploy energy flexibility mechanisms, reduce building consumption, and improve waste recovery.


AfDB Climate Fund approves $18.3M for the construction of 3 desalination plants in Benin

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The Canada-African Development Bank Climate Fund (CACF) has approved $36.3 million in concessional loans to two private sector operations in Africa to advance climate adaptation. $18.3 million will support the rehabilitation and expansion of the Port Autonome de Cotonou in Benin, while another $18 million will be used to build three seawater desalination plants in Morocco.

The CACF aims to provide concessional loans to eligible climate change projects in Africa, and has already approved $20.4 million for two other public sector climate-change related projects in Senegal and Nigeria. The CACF is proving to be an efficient and effective facility to deliver climate adaptation benefits at scale, helping to address the adaptation needs of vulnerable people and infrastructure in Africa.

Source:African Development Bank Group

AWPT wins $580 million contract from National Water Company

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Alkhorayef Water and Power Technologies Co. (AWPT) has been awarded a 15-year contract valued at SR2.2 billion ($580 million) by the National Water Company (NWC) to operate and maintain sewage plants in Heet and Al-Hayer, located in Riyadh. AWPT will rehabilitate and maintain four sewage plants in Heet and Al-Hayer that have a treatment capacity of 780,000 cubic meters daily.

The rehabilitation will take place in two phases spanning 36 months, while operation and maintenance will commence from the beginning of the contract. The financial impacts of this project will become evident in the second quarter of 2024.

Source: National Water Company 



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