Market Report, "Bahrain Water Report Q1 2015", published

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Sat Dec 06 2014

Overall little has changed in the Bahrain water sector; however, we have upgraded our forecasts following the release of new historical data. We anticipate that the need for greater water security and more efficient distribution infrastructure will continue to be the key issues facing the water services sector, yet the subdued project pipeline and the difficulties in obtaining financing will offer minimal opportunities for water infrastructure groups.

The privatisation of the water sector has been on the agenda in Bahrain for several years. This privatisation takes place in the context of an improvement of the overall investment climate in Bahrain, with domestic economic conditions gradually showing signs of improvement after little growth in the last two years. The country's Electricity and Water ministry is actively seeking bilateral partnerships with counties including France and the UAE as part of the wider strategy to improve the quantity and quality of its water supplies over the longer term. If these meetings develop into full-blown partnerships we anticipate a possible upswing in joint ventures in Bahrain's water sector (particularly water infrastructure) between French, Bahrain and UAE companies.

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Meanwhile, we believe that the country's focus on developing renewable capacity, particularly solar power generation, could offer significant advantages with regards to the current costs and high-energy requirements of water treatment, particularly desalination. Should Bahrain's solar sector become more advanced, we believe that it would stand to benefit from adopting the solar-powered desalination processes currently being developed by countries such as the UAE and Israel.

Key Developments

* Asry, a leading ship rig and repair yard in Bahrain, is building a desalination plant.
* The fourth phase of the Toblei Wastewater Treatment Plant is being tendered and the contract is worth USD136mn.
* The Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting <em...</em...<>

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