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Saudi Arabia Water Report Q3 2011
Business Monitor International, June 2011, Pages: 48
Business Monitor International's Saudi Arabia Water Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, utilities associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on Saudi Arabia's water industry.
The government, under the leadership of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, is under pressure to deliver a sustained improvement in services to the Saudi population, a priority that has been aggravated by the outbreak of the Arab Spring protests (which Saudi Arabia has largely hitherto avoided). The king announced in March 2011 a massive SAR500bn spending programme to improve the lot of the average Saudi. Although there have been no allocations made specifically for water projects, BMI nonetheless anticipates a strong focus on ploughing state resources into critical infrastructure.
The wretched state of the Jeddah sewage system is a prime example; viewing this as a major motivator of public disaffection, the Saudi leadership will seek to ensure that key desalination and wastewater projects do not lose momentum and that the state will support those ventures that seem to be losing private sector support.
Key Themes to Highlight for Saudi Arabia's Water Sector:
- The research has raised BMI forecasts for Saudi water desalination production in the period up to 2015 in light of greater optimism about prospects for the economy and a much greater willingness among Saudi authorities to prioritise state spending towards critical infrastructure sectors like water.
- The report sees the volume of water desalinated in the kingdom rising to 1.206bn cubic metres (m3) in 2011, compared to a previous estimate of 1.165bn m3.
- The authorities claim Saudi Arabia's advanced treated water reuse capacity is growing by 30% a year and is expected to reach 2.2mn cubic metres per day (m3/d) by 2016, from a current level of 260,000 m3/d – an optimistic projection that BMI regards as having downside risk.
Saudi Arabia's water and wastewater pipeline network is also being upgraded and expanded, along with desalination. This is helping to improve supply, reduce leakage and reduce the proportion of the population – usually the poorest – who are not connected to a piped water supply and are dependent on expensive water supplied by tankers. In Jeddah, the National Water Company (NWC) is looking to boost water capacity to 1.2m3/d through 30 projects.
Saudi Arabia Water Industry SWOT
Domestic Competitive Landscape
Pricing Mechanisms And Regulatory Framework
Water And Sewage Networks
Table: Major Infrastructure Projects – Water
Industry Forecast Scenario
Table: Key Data, Water Industry
Table: Water Data by City ('000 cubic metres)
Middle East Infrastructure Business Environment Ratings
Table: Middle East Infrastructure Business Environment Ratings
ACWA Power International
BMI Water Forecast Modelling
How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts
Infrastructure Business Environment Ratings
Table: Infrastructure Business Environment Indicators
Project Finance Ratings
Table: Design And Construction Phase
Table: Commissioning And Operating Phase – Commercial Construction
Table: Commissioning And Operating Phase – Energy And Utilities
Table: Commissioning And Operating Phase – Transport
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