Davis & Shirtliff appoints Edward Davis as new MD for Kenyan business

KENYA – Water and energy equipment supplier, Davis & Shirtliff has appointed Edward Davis as the managing director for Kenya effective immediately. Edward is the son of the firm’s chairman Alec Davis and takes over from Mas Waweru, who retired at the end of May. Davis comes to this role with over 18 years of experience in business development and will be focused on further accelerating the Group’s growth and success in the Kenya business. “Edward’s commercial experience at Davis & Shirtliff is incredibly valuable to the team in Kenya…

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TCTA secures US$1bn for development of the LHWP’s second phase

SOUTH AFRICA – The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA), the South African government agency responsible for water management, has secured R15 billion (US$1.09 billion) from private investors. The funding is for the development of the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). Work is expected to accelerate at the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) site. Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA), the South African government agency responsible for water management, has secured funding from private investors. The funding, worth R15 billion (US$1.09 billion), will be used to build a series of…

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Fordmax commences rehabilitation of solar powered drinking water supply

NIGERIA – Fordmax, a water company, has begun the rehabilitation of a drinking water supply system in Enugu State in south-eastern Nigeria which will be able to supply 28,000 m3 of water per day, will now be powered by solar photovoltaic energy. The use of solar energy is becoming more widespread in Nigeria. The company Fordmax, which won the contract to rehabilitate the Ninth Mile Crash drinking water supply system, has decided to solarise all the installations. The 12 boreholes were built a few years ago to improve the supply…

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WaterEquity secures US$25m funding from DFC to finance water and sanitation projects

AFRICA – The U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has provided US$25 million to WaterEquity Fund, a facility designed to support institutions that finance water and sanitation projects in Africa and other regions of the world. The US$25 million is the first tranche of a US$100 million loan. “At least five million people will be able to access improved water and sanitation services on these three continents,” said the DFC. The loan is being provided with “the issuance of fixed income instruments in accordance with the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) guidelines on…

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EIB approves US$35.7m loan for clean water supply in Malawi

MALAWI – The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved $35.7 million loan to extend the drinking water network in southern Malawi. The project is to be implemented by the state-owned Southern Region Water Board (SRWB). The soft loan is to be repaid over 20 years with a grace period of 5 years. The EIB funding is for the extension of the drinking water network in the southern region of Malawi, particularly in Balaka and Liwonde. According to the SRWB, part of the funding will be used for the development of…

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Djibouti unveils wind-powered desalination plant

DJIBOUTI – French group Eiffage, via its subsidiary Eiffage genie civil, in partnership with Tedagua, a Spanish company specialising in water treatment and a subsidiary of the Cobra group, have constructed a wind powered solar desalination plant in Djibouti. The plant will improve the supply of drinking water in this country in the Horn of Africa, which faces persistent water stress. The seawater desalination plant was inaugurated on March 14th, 2021 by Djibouti’s president, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh. The plant is powered by a nearby wind farm and is one of…

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German firm Boreal commissions desalination wastewater treatment systems in Kenya

KENYA – German start-up Boreal Light has commissioned desalination and wastewater treatment systems in several hospitals in Mombasa County, Kenya. The installations are part of a programme implemented in partnership with the Kenyan company WaterKiosk and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), a subsidiary of the German Development Agency (KfW). The programme aims to install 28 desalination systems for health facilities in Kenya and Tanzania. The company will also provide systems that treat wastewater from health facilities and such plants are important in hospitals treating Covid-19 cases on a daily…

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AfDB, Egypt ink US$130m financing deal for sanitation services in rural areas

EGYPT – African Development Bank (AfDB) has inked a development financing deal worth €109 million (US$130.12m) with Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation that aims to provide sanitation services in residential communities in Luxor’s rural areas. According to the deal, AfDB will provide €108 million (US$128.93m) alongside a €1 million (US$1.19m) grant to the project which will benefit 22 thousand homes in Luxor. The financing will also go to building on the capacities of workers at the Potable Water and Sanitation Company in Luxor. Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat said…

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Senegal secures US$138m from EIB to improve supply of drinking water

SENEGAL – The European Investment Bank (EIB) is set to provide US$138.39 million (€114.5 million) in financial support to improve the drinking water supply and promote integrate solid waste management in Senegal. The support will strengthen the country’s resilience to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics as climate change exacerbates the urgency of the situation. By focusing on secondary cities, the Bank is supporting Senegal’s efforts to achieve balanced development across the country, reducing geographical disparities to ensure greater regional equity. Sustainable cities are an absolute necessity given…

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French environmental group Suez to operate Gabal El Asfar wastewater treatment plant

EGYPT – Suez, a French group specialised in water and waste management, has been chosen by the Egyptian client Construction Authority for Potable Water and Wastewater (CAPW) to operate and maintain the Gabal El Asfar wastewater treatment plant in Cairo. The 4-year, €40 million contract will be executed in partnership with the Egyptian company Arab Contractors (ArabCo). Suez’s share in this envelope amounts to 28 million dollars. These funds will notably finance the operation and maintenance of two wastewater treatment lines with a capacity of 500 000 m³ per day…

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