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Iran’s Water Markets

  • ID: 3849672
  • Report
  • June 2016
  • Region: Global
  • Global Water Intelligence
Iranian Government has Outlined Ambitious Plans to Roll out Widespread Desalination and Wastewater Treatment Networks to Meet the Rising Demand
Worsening drought conditions have created a significant need for new water sources and more efficient management and reuse of wastewater, furthermore the government has outlined ambitious plans to roll out widespread desalination and wastewater treatment networks to meet the rising demand. At the same time the political situation has left the country with a massive gap in access to finance, operating expertise and high-quality water technology.

Iran Water Markets will give you the information you need to understand the Iranian water market, to gauge the opportunities on offer, and find the right way to plug into one of the newest and most exciting water markets in the world.

The report is accompanied by two spreadsheets which contain an indicator dataset and market forecast dataset.

Market Drivers

The thirst for potable water: With a fast-growing and rapidly urbanising population, combined with worsening drought conditions and a lack of natural water resources in many parts of the country, Iran is in urgent need of new water resources. Find out how a raft of upcoming seawater desalination and transfer projects is set to address this.

The need for extended and improved wastewater treatment coverage: Many of Iran’s rapidly growing cities are poorly served by wastewater collection and treatment services. The government is planning to meld an ambitious wastewater infrastructure building programme with a new approach to treatment and reuse that will require expertise in wastewater technology and operations.

The need for finance: With oil prices at historic lows and the government struggling to manage its deficit, Iran needs to lean heavily on alternative sources of finance to support capital budgets.


Desalination - Big investment is required as Iran aims to construct and run over 50 desal plants

Private investment: The ongoing restrictions imposed by financial sanctions has turned Iran into one of the world’s most advanced and innovative users of private financing models for infrastructure. International investors will find a major role supporting the state’s capital budget through BOT and BOO-type contracts.

Wastewater treatment: Around $3 billion of wastewater infrastructure projects are currently being procured using its exciting new ‘buy back’ private finance model, with another $7 billion under study.

Who should read this report?

- Investors looking for new opportunities to put money into infrastructure in an urbanising, modern country with extensive capital needs and a strong record on returns.
- Water and wastewater contractors looking to get involved in one of the world’s biggest infrastructure booms.
- Technology providers in the water and wastewater sphere offering advanced techniques that can improve performance and reduce costs.
- Operators and advisors with excellence to share in a market that has lacked access to international expertise.
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