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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

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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).

Felipe Guinea, guest expert at the European Infrastructure Finance Summit 2019

Felipe Guinea, Managing Director of Almar Water Solutions, participated yesterday in the European Infrastructure Finance Summit, held in the Hotel Riu Plaza España, in Madrid. The European Infrastructure Finance Summit 2019 offered a general outlook of the European infrastructure market and brought together more than 250 specialists from the public and private sectors to openly debate what the future of infrastructure in Europe might look like.

Felipe Guinea was a panel member in the session titled Water Infrastructure: Meeting a New and Pressing Challenge, along with other specialists from the water and finance sectors. Felipe, as an expert in the development and financing of water infrastructure, gave his opinion on the lack of project structuring in the sector and indicated that private companies are hungry to invest in the industry.

Another question covered by this panel was whether the European Union and the Member States are currently capable of developing the water infrastructure required to respond to these challenges and how the failure to allocate specific budgets is affecting the industry, when there is currently significant liquidity in the market that could complement and contribute to this development in a faster and more balanced manner.

Traditionally blessed with abundant rainfall, natural reserves and an extensive network of water infrastructure, today Europe is facing a totally different paradigm in which severe drought and a population explosion are exerting pressure on a system that in some areas has not been renovated for many decades.

Almar Water Solutions, with offices in the Netherlands and Spain, deals with this problem close up and offers both financial and technological solutions that allow governments and institutions to have access to this infrastructure and to provide their citizens with a resource as vital as water.

Almar Water Solutions participates in the ICEX Integra Programme in Dubai

Almar Water Solutions participated in the ICEX-Integra event “Water, Energy and Digitalization in the GCC Countries” organized by the Spanish public internationalization entity ICEX in the Hotel H in Dubai. The event consisted of a conference with presentations by the principal Spanish integrator companies with projects in the Gulf zone, followed by a networking event and B2B meetings between the integrators and the participating SMEs.

José Ignacio de la Fuente, Business Development Director for the Middle East, was the representative from Almar Water Solutions who participated in the water panel because of his extensive experience and knowledge of the water projects in the zone. José Ignacio debated on the factors to be taken into account when financing water infrastructure projects under public-private partnerships and how water and energy projects are proposed independently in the zone.

Almar Water Solutions, with offices in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, is working intensely to cover the water needs of the Middle East, which has only 1% of the planet’s fresh water resources available to it. During the period 2005-2015, the annual availability of fresh water per capita in the region dropped by 20%, from 990 m3 to 800 m3.

As a result of this shortage, desalination has become one of the most important unconventional sources of water in the Middle East. The Arab region currently has more than half of the world’s desalination capacity and it has been estimated that by 2025, desalinated water will account for 8.5% of the total water supply in the region.

These conferences are part of the initiative by ICEX Integra aimed at increasing the participation of Spanish SMEs as suppliers in international projects that are being awarded and executed by large Spanish companies.

Almar Water Solutions breaks ground for the Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant

Almar Water Solutions, a leading company in the development of water infrastructure, (part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy), and Abdul Latif Jameel Commercial Development Company (CDC) held the ceremony to break ground for the Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant together with their partners Acciona, Marubeni Corporation and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Co.  The event took place at the site chosen for the construction of the plant, on the shores of the Red Sea, approximately 137 kilometers to north of Jizan, in Saudi Arabia.

The ceremony was attended by Faisal S. El Samannoudi, Vice-Chairman, and Rowaid Al Sawaf, General Manager, of Abdul Latif Jameel CDC, together with Yahia Kafi, Chief Financial Officer, and for Almar Water Solutions, Santiago Martínez, Managing Director.

HE Álvaro Iranzo, Spanish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and the Counsellor for Economic and Financial Affairs of the Spanish Embassy in Riyadh José Ramón Ferrandis Muñoz, also attended.

Shuqaiq 3, which reached its’ US$ 600 million investment financial close last May, will be one of the largest reverse osmosis desalination plants in the world, with a production capacity of 450,000 cubic meters per day.  The project will be executed under a 25-year BOO (build, own, operate) contract, and its completion is planned for the fourth quarter of 2021.

The Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant will significantly relieve the water shortage in the area, supplying of drinking water to more than 1.8 million people, in addition to contributing to the country’s economic and industrial development and creating around 700 employment opportunities construction start and final commissioning of the plant

The project is of such importance that last month it received the ‘Utilities Project of the Year’ award at the Middle East Energy Awards 2019 held in Dubai, making it one of the flagship projectshttps://www.alj.com/en/news/shuqaiq-3-desalination-project-receives-the-utilities-project-of-the-year-award/ in the region.

According to the World Water Development Report 2019, the Middle East is the region of the World with the most severe water scarcity.  While the average water availability worldwide is 7,453m3 per capita per annum, in the Middle East there this drops to only 736m3, according to the latest available figures from AQUASTAT (n.d.).  Water shortage per capita has been increasing and is expected to rise in the future due to population growth and climate change.  This trend has also contributed to the over-exploitation of groundwater and the loss of arable land for agriculture.

For this reason, the Middle East is one of the areas where Almar Water Solutions is focusing its efforts to develop innovative and sustainable projects, to guarantee sufficient water quality and quantity for its population  and the Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant will help mitigate the shortage suffered by the inhabitants of the southwestern region of Saudi Arabia, providing a new source of drinking water for both domestic, urban agricultural and industrial use.

The Shuqaiq 3 desalination project receives the “Utilities Project of the Year” award

The Shuqaiq 3 desalination project, awarded last January to the consortium made up of Almar Water Solutions, through Abdul Latif Jameel, Marubeni Corporation, ACCIONA and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Co., yesterday received the “Utilities Project of the Year” recognition at the Middle East Energy Awards 2019 held in Dubai. The awards gala, which brought together companies and professionals from the energy and water industries in the Middle East, for the first time included alternative and renewable energy projects.

Shuqaiq 3, which reached financial close last May, will be one of the largest reverse osmosis desalination plants in the world, with a production capacity of 450,000 cubic meters per day. The project is programmed for completion in the fourth quarter of 2021 and will be developed under a 25-year BOO (build, own, operate) contract scheme.

Since several countries in the region are aligning with the international protocols regarding climate change and reduction of carbon emissions, guaranteeing a sustainable supply of energy and water is an increasingly important priority in the region. For this reason, the Shuqaiq 3 project represents a safe and effective alternative to guarantee the supply of drinking water to more than 1.8 million citizens, contributing to the economic and industrial development of the country.

Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, also noted that “Shuqaiq 3 is an important economic and social milestone that will create 700 jobs, in line with Saudi Arabia’s Visión 2030 and its goals of increasing investment and employment opportunities”.

With 16 categories, in comparison with the 10 in the 2018 awards, the Middle East Energy Awards recognize projects and initiatives of both individuals and companies that make an effort to innovate and change the energy sector in the Middle East. In this regard, the industry has recognized Carlos Cosín as one of the most 50 influential professionals who continue to lead and shape the utilities sector in the GCC region and its surroundings.

Almar Water Solutions attends Water Innovation Europe 2019

Almar Water Solutions took part in the Water Innovation Europe 2019 held last Wednesday in the BluePoint Conference Centre of Brussels, in Belgium. The event, with the slogan Water Meets Energy, Energy Meets Water, focused on the water-energy nexus and debated the following aspects:

  • What water services can learn from energy services to recognize the value of water for our society and economy.
  • The search for interdependencies between water and energy services.
  • How to build environments that will promote cross-fertilization in the management of both resources and how water services and energy services can join efforts to achieve a water-smart and energy-smart society.

Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, gave a presentation at session 1 entitled “The common challenges for water and energy”, in which he explained how the rise of non-conventional water sources such as desalination and reuse, combined with renewable energy, can cope with the growing demand for water and energy while helping to combat CO2 emissions and climate change. Moreover, Carlos pointed out that the energy consumption of water treatment plants is decreasing due to both the use of renewable energy and to improvements in the treatment technology.

Almar Water Solutions is already working on joint tenders for desalination plants with photovoltaic power plants to endow the water treatment process with clean energy. To do so, it relies on its sister company Fotowatio Renewables Ventures (FRV), a leader in providing integrated solutions for clean, renewable energy worldwide.

With more than 200 participants from across Europe in each edition, the annual WssTP Water Innovation Europe conference has become the most important European event in the water value chain. The event brings together scientists and technology developers, representatives of public and private utility companies, major water users, European authorities, civil society organizations and financial experts.

Due to its knowledge and experience and to driving the use of renewable energy for water treatment to improve the lives of millions of people while protecting the surroundings and the environment, Almar Water Solutions is fast becoming one of the main players in the water sector.