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Almar Water Solutions acquires 58 desalination plants in Egypt

  • This new contract marks the first successful portfolio addition by the joint venture created last April with Hassan Allam Utilities BV (HAU).
  • With this new acquisition, Almar Water Solutions consolidates its global strategy of growing through the awarding of new projects and the acquisition of assets, while strengthening its services line, which will be responsible for operating and maintaining the plants.

Cairo, Egypt – October 20, 2020 – Almar Water Solutions, a leading global developer of water infrastructure solutions and part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, has closed a deal for the acquisition of a services company in Egypt dedicated to providing desalinated water to industrial clients and the tourism sector.

This new contract marks the first successful portfolio addition by the joint venture created last April with Hassan Allam Utilities BV (HAU), the public utilities and investment unit of the leading regional construction and engineering group Hassan Allam Holding (HAH).

The 58 assets have a total owned installed desalination capacity of 82,440 cubic meters of drinking water per day and were acquired through the purchase of Ridgewood Egypt. Most of the plants provide fresh water to the commercial, tourism and industrial sectors, which are dependant on the supply of safe drinking water to ensure their activities.

Following the signing of the contract, Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, said that “after months of work with the team from Hassam Allam Utilities BV, we are proud to say that the agreement is a complete success, and we look forward to developing new projects together in the future.  With this new contract, Almar Water continues to expand rapidly beyond its portfolio of new, ‘greenfield’ projects under development with assets already in operation (or so-called ‘brownfield’ projects) expanding and diversifying our services, with additional capacity of over 80,000 m3/day of drinking water.  The acquisition of the Ridgewood Group also cements Almar Water Solutions’ entry into the Egyptian market, a strategic country for the company”.

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After Shuqaiq 3, (Saudi Arabia), Muharraq (Bahrain) and Osmoflo (Chile), the acquisition of Ridgewood consolidates the path of rapid and sustainable growth that Almar Water Solutions began at its creation, adding to a diversified portfolio.  In addition to its offices in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Latin America, Almar now has two regional platforms, Chile and Egypt, from which to continue its growth in markets with extensive water infrastructure needs.

The United Nations predicts that by 2025, Egypt could reach the level of “absolute water (availability) crisis”, dropping to levels of less than 500 cubic meters of water per capita, posing a serious problem both for the agricultural sector, which accounts for more than 80% of water use, and for the population in general (*).

The opportunities for private sector involvement in Egypt are becoming increasingly evident in water projects, particularly in desalination and wastewater.  The development and private financing of desalination facilities has evolved considerably, largely due to the need to ensure water resources.

Almar Water Solutions, whose vision is to provide the municipal and industrial sector with potable water in areas that are experiencing shortages, remains firmly committed to the region, contributing experience and financial capacity to achieve greater water availability for all.

(*) Source: EGYPT Enabling Private Investment and Commercial Financing in Infrastructure, World Bank Group

 

About Almar Water Solutions:

Almar Water Solutions is a company specializing in the development, promotion, financing, design and operation of water infrastructure. Its team of professionals, with over two decades of experience in 25 countries leading major water infrastructure projects, works tirelessly to develop integral solutions that meet growing needs for water in the municipal and industrial sectors. For more information, visit almarwater.com

About Abdul Latif Jameel:

Abdul Latif Jameel refers broadly to distinct separate and independent legal entities whose interests encompass automotive distribution, auto parts manufacturing, financial services, renewable energy, environmental services, land and real estate development, logistics, electronics retailing and media services.  Abdul Latif Jameel positions itself as a preferred business partner primarily for inward investment into the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region.  For more information, visit alj.com

 About Hassan Allam Utilities:

Hassan Allam Holding is a leading Egyptian engineering and construction group whose primary operations include infrastructure, power, industrial, petrochemical and special building projects in Egypt and the MENA region. The founders of Hassan Allam Holding commenced operations in 1936, making it one of the oldest construction groups in the MENA region with a solid reputation, superior technical capabilities, and a diversified portfolio. With a legacy of identifying and investing in attractive infrastructure projects, in the past five years it has delivered over 70 projects worth over USD 3 billion and has a current backlog of around USD 3.5 billion as of May 2018. For more information, visit www.hautilities.com.

 About Hassan Allam Holding:

HA Utilities is an asset developer and investment platform for power, renewables, and water-related opportunities that address the underserved energy market and growing demand for infrastructure in Egypt and the region. Established in 2017, the platform focuses on partnerships to develop and operate renewable power as well as water desalination and treatment projects. For more information, visit www.hassanallam.com.

 

For further information:

Almar Water Solutions

C/ María de Molina, nº 39

Planta 6ª 28006 Madrid

T: +34 917 026 712

E: manuel.garcia@almarwater.com

 

Almar Water Solutions awarded a new services contract in Chile

  • The new operation and maintenance contract will run for three years and will provide service 24/7 with the latest technological advances.
  • The reverse-osmosis process-water treatment plant will produce quality water for the mining client Mantos Copper in northern Chile.

Santiago de Chile, Chile – August 5th, 2020 – Almar Water Solutions, a leading company in the development of water infrastructure and part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, through Osmoflo SpA, has been awarded a new operation and maintenance contract for an industrial client in northern Chile. The client is Mantos Copper, a well-respected mining company engaged in the extraction and commercialization of copper with two projects in the area: Mantos Blancos and Mantoverde. Almar Water Solutions will operate the water treatment plant for Mantos Blancos.

This new contract, with a duration of three years, will include service 24/7 provided by qualified experienced professionals who will transfer to the client’s facilities in the Antofagasta region, thus promoting local job creation. Almar Water Solutions will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of a reverse-osmosis process-water plant, which will produce quality water to be used to carry out the mining activity at Mantos Blancos.

The Mantos Blancos project is a mining complex located in Region II, 45 kilometers northeast of the city of Antofagasta and at an elevation of 800 meters above sea level. It comprises an open-cast mine, crushing plants and installations for processing oxidized and sulfide ores.

Gonzalo Gómez-Rodulfo, services manager of Almar Water Solutions, after the signing of the contract, said that “this new project strengthens the services area of Almar Water Solutions and will help Mantos Blancos to guarantee the operational excellence of its water infrastructure, enabling it to optimize costs and increase its annual copper production”.

After the acquisition of Osmoflo SpA in 2019, Almar Water Solutions has become a new ally in the operation and maintenance of water treatment plants, offering optimum and efficient performance of the assets, using state-of-the-art management systems and computerized models. With this new project, Almar Water Solutions now has a portfolio with multiple operation and maintenance projects, especially in the Latin American region, which presents special conditions in terms of its geography and the distribution of water resources.

About Almar Water Solutions

Almar Water Solutions is a company specializing in the development, promotion, financing, design and operation of water infrastructure. Its team of professionals, with over two decades of experience in 25 countries leading major water infrastructure projects, works tirelessly to develop integral solutions that meet growing needs for water in the municipal and industrial sectors. For further information, visit almarwater.com

About Abdul Latif Jameel

Abdul Latif Jameel refers broadly to distinct separate and independent legal entities whose interests encompass automotive distribution, auto parts manufacturing, financial services, renewable energy, environmental services, land and real estate development, logistics, electronics retailing and media services. Abdul Latif Jameel positions itself as a preferred business partner primarily for inward investment into the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region. For further information, visit alj.com

 

For further information

Almar Water Solutions                                                        

C/ María de Molina, nº 39

Planta 6ª 28006 Madrid

T: +34 917 026 712

E: manuel.garcia@almarwater.com

World Water Day 2020: Water and Climate Change

Climate change represents a profound threat and an unprecedented opportunity to invest in and transform water governance and management systems so humanity can thrive in an increasingly uncertain and variable future.

Water is part of the solution to climate change. There are many opportunities where water can help in the fight against climate change, among them:

  1. Producing and transporting water without generating emissions, with the development of facilities that use renewable energy sources.
  2. Recharging aquifers, preventing their salinization and ensuring the supply and survival of the resource.
  3. Regenerating water from wastewater, making it possible to reserve fresh water for future generations and make the most of water uses.

These are just some of the solutions and opportunities that the water sector can bring to the global climate crisis. But action plans must be integrated across all sectors of the economy and the environment, and coordinated across borders, to achieve safe and sustainable water management.

Almar Water Solutions, committed to this cause since its creation, has developed an illustrative video for World Water Day 2020 explaining all these solutions and how the water sector can contribute to increase climate resilience, improve ecosystem health and reduce the risk of water-related disasters.

Water is our most valuable resource; we must use it more responsibly and sustainably, and establish mechanisms to ensure socioeconomic development, food security and healthy ecosystems.

World Water Day 2020

Sustainable water solutions for the fight against climate change.

 

*Source: Climate Change and Water UN-Water Policy Brief

Almar Water Solutions, important participation at the 4th International Water Desalination Conference

This week, Almar Water Solutions participated in the fourth edition of the most important event on desalination in Egypt, the International Water Desalination Conference. Held in Cairo, the main objective of the conference was to encourage the private sector to invest in desalination projects by offering and presenting opportunities for the development, construction and operation and maintenance of water infrastructure in the country. Almar Water Solutions is one of the companies that has most committed to the development of water infrastructure in Egypt and last year it partnered Hassan Allam Utilities (HAU), the utilities and investment unit of the leading regional construction and engineering group Hassan Allam Holding (HAH), in a joint venture to develop, finance and operate projects in the region.

Part of the management team of Almar Water Solutions collaborated on this conference by contributing their experience and knowledge in the variety of panels and round tables. Carlos Cosín, as CEO and president of the International Desalination Association, was one of the Keynote Speakers at the opening of the event, where he emphasized the urgency of investing in non-conventional water projects in the country and the importance of opening the market to private companies and organizations that have the know-how and capital. Carlos later moderated the session on reuse, where various public and private companies showed their vision on the challenges and opportunities of this technology in the region.

Jose Ignacio de la Fuente, general manager in Egypt, participated in the panel “Desalination plants under a PPP model”, and Rodrigo Segovia, technical director, was a speaker in the session on “Desalination and energy; evolution of desalination technology in response to the need for more energy efficient infrastructure”. All of them, with more than 15-20 years of experience developing water infrastructure around the world, shared their strategic vision to position Egypt at the forefront of Middle Eastern countries that are committed to desalination and reuse, thus contributing to the development of its economy.

At the conference, which brought together researchers, decision-makers, managers, engineers and operators from private companies, industries, government organizations, consulting firms, research institutes and universities, the different participants expressed the desire to contribute to the transfer of technology and knowledge to improve and modernize the water supply of the country as a whole.

Almar Water Solutions at COP 25

  • From December 2-13, Almar Water Solutions joined hundreds of other organizations at the UN Climate Change Conference to address the growing demands for fresh water and the future of sustainability.

After the announcement of the relocation from Santiago de Chile, the twenty-fifth edition of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) was held in Madrid from 2 to 13 December under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and with the logistical support from the Government of Spain, where the President-designate was Carolina Schmidt, Minister of the Environment of Chile.

Almar Water Solutions, which has offices in Madrid, has actively participated in the activities and events of the COP25. The first of them was on 6 December, when Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, was a speaker at the event organized by the Foreign Trade Institute ICEX, a public corporation of the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and moderated by Mr. Gonzalo Delacámara. The session entitled “Where and how to get water in a world of scarcity” covered three basic vertical axes (reuse of water, desalination and advanced treatment in general and leakages) and three transversal issues (legal and institutional framework, technology and financing). Carlos Cosín, an expert on unconventional water resources, said “Climate change is here to stay. Water is a key factor in the fight against climate change and the water sector must lead the search for new practices and solutions to mitigate scarcity and pollution. This industry can generate new water resources and more effective treatments for a sustainable world, but society must also value its water and foster the measures required to implement these solutions.”

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Mr. Noam Komy, Chief Growth Officer, Miya Water and Ms. Usha Rao-Monari, CEO Global Water Development Partners, Blackstone Group, also took part in the event with Carlos.

A few days later, on 10 December, Almar Water Solutions was invited to the conference “Let’s solve the climate crisis together” given by Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize winner, and organized by the Pure Earth Foundation and The Climate Reality Project.

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Finally, as a culmination of two weeks of interesting conferences on climate change, sustainability and international agreements, Almar Water Solutions also attended the event featuring the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on 11 December, where the strategy of Dubai as a city of the future and the one organized by the Ministry of Ecological Transition of Spain “Missions in Horizon Europe: Design and Impact by and for Spanish Society” on 12 December were presented.

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The conference is designed to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. Following agreement on the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP 24 in Poland last year, the key objective is to complete several matters with respect to the full implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The conference furthermore serves to build ambition ahead of 2020, the year in which countries have committed to submit new and updated national climate action plans. Crucial climate action work will be taken forward in areas including finance, the transparency of climate action, forests and agriculture, technology, capacity building, loss and damage, indigenous peoples, cities, oceans and gender equality.

Sources and photos:
United Nations Climate Change
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Última Hora
PSOE

 

Almar Water Solutions attended the 27th Nile Basin Initiative Council of Ministers in Nairobi

Carlos Cosin, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, together with Luis Blanco, Country Manager of Almar Water Solutions in Kenya, attended yesterday the 27th Nile Basin Initiative Council of Ministers at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Upper Hill, Nairobi, Kenya to present innovative solutions to address the water challenges of Sub-Saharan Africa. During the event, the Nile Basin countries celebrated 20 years of cooperation and partnership.

Carlos Cosin explained in his speech that “Sub-Saharan Africa is a region that poses significant challenges in the water industry due to its population growth, advances in economic development and the severe effects of climate change. Desalination is an unconventional source of water that will help to alleviate water stress in the region and will contribute to the progress of its community.”

Almar Water Solutions awarded in 2019 the first large-capacity desalination plant in Mombasa, Kenya. The project, which will be located in the North Mainland area of Mombasa County, will provide drinking water to more than one million people. The plant will be managed and operated for 25 years, until it is handed over, and is currently in the financial closure process.

The Mombasa desalination project will alleviate the current water crisis in the county, which has been experiencing interruptions in its drinking water supply for several years.

Carlos Cosin also participated in the ceremonious passing of the International Desalination Association (IDA) flag to the 2021 World Congress Host, the County of Mombasa, Kenya. The ceremony took place during the event’s Opening Ceremonies and was presided over by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya.

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is an intergovernmental partnership of 10 Nile Basin countries, namely Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, The Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Eritrea participates as an observer.

For the first time in the Basin’s history, an all-inclusive basin-wide institution was established, on 22nd February 1999, to provide a forum for consultation and coordination among the Basin States for the sustainable management and development of the shared Nile Basin water and related resources for win-win benefits.

Almar Water Solutions has been present in Sub-Saharan Africa for some time and is particularly interested in developing innovative technological projects to supply both the municipal and industrial sectors.

Financing non-conventional water infrastructures

Last week, the “International Symposium on the use of non-conventional waters to achieve food security” was held, co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Spain, in Casa de América in Madrid. Focused on the search for innovative solutions, such as the use of non-conventional water resources, including reclaimed wastewater, desalination, fog harvesting and their associated technologies, the event featured experts from a variety of areas such as water and energy, food security, climate change, regulation and financing.

Almar Water Solutions was present through Arantxa Mencía, Global Business Development Manager, who gave a presentation titled ” Financing Non Conventional Water Resources” in session 5 “Investments and financial instruments in a circular economy”. Arantxa, who has led projects in Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, contributed her knowledge in the development of non-conventional water projects using innovative financing tools such as Public Private Partnerships (PPP) or Project Finance. Thanks to these tools, non-conventional water plants have been built in places where governments or public entities do not have the necessary funds, resulting in a highly positive impact on the citizens who need these resources.

UN-Water estimates indicate that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity, and reducing water losses and re-diverting water to water-stressed regions will require large investments and the use of non-conventional waters. But non-conventional water use requires changes in traditional water allocation frameworks, financing structures, water-quality standards, regulation and institutional mandates.

Almar Water Solutions, a company specialized in the development of non-conventional water infrastructure, has been awarded contracts for two desalination plants in 2019, one in Saudi Arabia and the other in Mombasa, and has acquired a wastewater treatment plant in Bahrain. Convinced that the use of non-conventional water is the only solution to deal with scarcity and the effects of climate change, it establishes this type of financing tool to develop water infrastructures in different geographical areas of the planet.

Almar Water Solutions acquires Chilean water treatment company Osmoflo SpA

  • This acquisition, expands Almar Water Solutions’ portfolio into third-party operation and maintenance services, offering turn-key solutions to clients, and broadens capabilities in the Company’s existing portfolio of desalination, drinking water treatment, wastewater purification and industrial water solutions.
  • The acquisition of Osmoflo SpA represents the Company’s first operational footprint into Latin America where it will seek to address pressing water challenges in the region.

Santiago de Chile, Chile – November 14, 2019 – Almar Water Solutions, a leading global developer of water infrastructure projects and part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, today expanded its proposition into the wider water services sector with the acquisition of Osmoflo SpA, a progressive water treatment company headquartered in Chile. With this acquisition, Almar Water Solutions aims to address Latin America’s ongoing water challenges, providing diverse, flexible and high technology water and wastewater solutions.

The investment incorporates several operation and maintenance contracts for the industrial water sector, along with a fleet of multi-capability mobile water treatment units which provide short-term or emergency solutions to industrial clients. In response to the region’s water challenges, this portfolio will rapidly expand with the development of water infrastructure projects and the provision of operation and maintenance services for a broad range of industrial sector clients seeking to outsource this requirement.

Established in 2011, Osmoflo SpA has developed an integrated portfolio of services including the operation among others of the Antucoya reverse osmosis desalination plant, the Centinela desalination plant, and the Aritia and Novaustral wastewater treatment plants.

Following this acquisition, Osmoflo SpA will be integrated under the Almar Water Solutions umbrella but will continue to operate its activities as normal and will retain its brand name, pro tem. The experience of the Almar Water Solutions team, combined with the financial strength of Abdul Latif Jameel, will undoubtedly boost the growth and efficiency of Osmoflo SpA in Chile and other Latin American countries.

Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, stated “this milestone will contribute to the evolution of Almar Water Solutions as a company and to the diversification of its portfolio of services, introducing us into industrial outsourcing, where we have many highly experienced professionals.  Likewise, Osmoflo SpA’s projects will strengthen our portfolio of references and will serve as our letter of introduction in the Latin American and international markets”.

According to the 2017 Reporte de la Industria del Agua Urbana en Chile (Report on the Urban Water Industry in Chile), “the water industry in Chile must address numerous operational difficulties to bring quality water to homes, due to the country’s geoclimatic and structural conditions, which range from the world’s driest desert to long distances between sources and urban centers, and include geographical features and highly dispersed urban areas in some territories and climate disasters such as drought, extensive rainfall and extreme temperatures.”

In addition, as indicated by the Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR)2 in its Análisis sobre la sequía, la escasez hídrica y la vegetación (Analysis on drought, water scarcity and vegetation), “Chile is suffering an extreme drought in 2019, especially in the central zone, with a rainfall deficit close to 80% between the regions of Coquimbo and Maule, and around 30% between Biobío and Los Lagos”.

 

About Almar Water Solutions

Almar Water Solutions is a company specializing in the development, promotion, financing, design and operation of water infrastructure.  Its team of professionals, with over two decades of experience in 25 countries leading major water infrastructure projects, works tirelessly to develop integral solutions that meet growing needs for water in the municipal and industrial sectors.  For further information, visit almarwater.com

About Abdul Latif Jameel

Abdul Latif Jameel refers broadly to distinct separate and independent legal entities whose interests encompass automotive distribution, auto parts manufacturing, financial services, renewable energy, environmental services, land and real estate development, logistics, electronics retailing and media services. Abdul Latif Jameel positions itself as a preferred business partner primarily for inward investment into the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region.  For further information, visit alj.com

 

For further information

Almar Water Solutions

C/ María de Molina, nº 39

Planta 6ª 28006 Madrid

T: +34 917 026 712

E: manuel.garcia@almarwater.com

Almar Water Solutions, Platinum Sponsor of the IDA World Congress 2019

The search for innovative technologies to fight against water scarcity and pollution has become a priority for the large and medium-sized companies in the sector, as well as for governments and official organizations. According to the World Economic Forum, the water crisis was the fifth greatest global risk in 2018, behind weapons of mass destruction and mitigation of climate change. Among the different technologies that are capable of alleviating this crisis, desalination and reuse stand out.

The most widely-recognized event in the sector, the IDA World Congress, was born to promote these technologies and other advances in water treatment solutions. Almar Water Solutions, committed to the development of innovative, non-conventional water solutions that guarantee the progress of the world’s current and future population, strongly supports this initiative and this year was a platinum sponsor of the congress. Some of the many activities that it has sponsored include a scholarship for young engineers and scientists to expand their postgraduate training on issues related to desalination, membranes and water reuse, and the sponsorship of a panel at the Water Leaders Summit titled “Expanding the Public Private Partnership Model to New and Existing Markets”. This panel was moderated by Arantxa Mencía, Global Business Development Manager at Almar Water Solutions, and included panelists with in-depth knowledge of the main projects structured under the PPP model and the markets in which they are developed.

Carlos Cosín, the company’s CEO, also participated as moderator of the IDA World Congress 2019 Leaders Summit in the panel “Trends in the EPC market: Is Competing on Cost vs Quality Sustainable?”. This panel analyzed the highly competitive changes in the market, the high risks and reduction in costs of this type of project.

With regard to the Technical Program of the Congress, Rodrigo Segovia, Executive Director of Almar Water Solutions, chaired Monday’s session “From Mineral Recovery to Remineralization”, together with Mike Dixon, CEO of Synauta, and Rama Jagwani, General Manager of PROJECX.

Lastly, Almar Water Solutions held a very special dinner set in the spectacular backdrop of the Jameel Art Centre in Dubai. Leaders from the water sector came together to share opinions and enjoy a delicious local meal. Almar Water Solutions also presented its initiative to put an end to plastic bottles in all of its offices around the world, and presented its iconic bottles to all those present.

The Jameel Arts Centre is an innovative contemporary institution in Dubai that opened its doors on 11 November 2018. Its initiatives include heritage management and restoration programs, as well as a wide range of artistic and educational initiatives for all ages. At the local level, the organization works with individuals and organizations to develop innovative programming that embraces both old and new technologies, and encourages entrepreneurship and the development of cultural networks.

With all these activities and sponsorships, Almar Water Solutions recognizes the value of the IDA World Congress as a turning point to help the world become more aware of the great challenge that we face in terms of water. Both present and future generations must learn and realize that water is not an infinite resource that magically comes out of the tap, and that we have to care for it, save it and invest in new technologies and infrastructures so that this privilege can be sustained in developed countries and become a reality in those countries that are still unable to enjoy water for their daily lives.

To round off this successful congress that was attended by more than 800 people, Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, was appointed the new president of the International Desalination Association (IDA) for the next period of 2019-2021. Carlos, who has been a member of the board for the last six years, was chosen for his experience in the field of desalination and reuse, and for his great strategic contributions to the association.

Carlos Cosín, appointed president of the International Desalination Association (IDA)

Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, has been unanimously appointed new President of the International Desalination Association (IDA) for the next period 2019-2021. Carlos, who has been a member of the board since 2013 and treasurer for the last two years, has been elected for his experience in the field of desalination and reuse, and for his great strategic contribution to the association.

The vote and later appointment took place today in Dubai, within the framework of the IDA World Congress, which brings together more than 1,000 professionals from the water industry, and the main CEOs and Directors of the most prestigious companies in the sector. Carlos noted in his speech that “As president of this association, myself and the board will work internally to respond to the growing demands of our industry,” and ““In the next two years, we intend to increase IDA’s reach, enabling the association to meet the needs of our members, affiliates, and the market at large.”

“After many years of prestige and recognition, IDA needs a strategic change that addresses a wider network of stakeholders to help ensure the solutions provided by desalination and water reuse technologies play a role in the development of water sustainability in new geographies and niches such as the industrial sector,” said Mr. Cosín. “The association must aim to attract new members that contribute to its growth from a business and academic perspective to develop a multidisciplinary and sustainable association with high added value to its members.”

Accompanying the President, Mr. Devesh Sharma has also been named First Vice President and Mr. Alejandro Javier Sturniolo Second Vice President, along with the new Board of Directors for 2019-2021. In the new Board are men and women who are working hard to develop new technologies and projects that secure water to millions of people in all geographies of the planet, and to sectors such as agriculture and industry.

Carlos Cosín ended his speech by stating that ” I think the current evolution of the desalination market is a key moment for IDA. It is time for the Association to extend their activities to new stakeholders in utilities, in legal firms, in financial institutions.” Mr. Cosin also added that, “IDA should reach out to new industry players, as well as deepen its involvement in reuse applications and innovative technology.”

The new president of the IDA has a great professional background in the water sector, and has worked for companies such as US Filter, Veolia, Abengoa and Almar Water Solutions. In his current position as CEO of Almar Water Solutions, he has already closed several desalination and water treatment projects in Africa and the Middle East.

The International Desalination Association is the point of connection for the global desalination and water reuse community. A non-profit association, IDA serves more than 2,600 core members in 60 countries and reaches an additional 4,000 affiliate members. Its membership comprises scientists, end-users, engineers, consultants and researchers from governments, corporations and academia. IDA is associated with the United Nations as part of a growing international network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).