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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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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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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Afreximbank to invest US$1.3b in Angola on water supply project

ANGOLA – Afreximbank president Benedict Oramah, has announced that the bank will invest US$1.3 billion to support development initiatives including a project to supply drinking water to Luanda from Bita. The funds will be invested in priority projects for the country, notably the Lobito rail corridor project, which will require an investment of US$3 billion and the drinking water supply project for the capital Luanda, the cost of which is estimated at US$900 million. The project is a mega drinking water initiative, and also one of the most important on…

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Startup Boreal raises US$7.5m for its solar powered desalinisation systems

AFRICA – German start-up Boreal Light has completed a round of financing which has enabled it to secure US$7.5 million dollars organised by the investment company GreenTec Capital Partners for the deployment of its solar-powered desalination systems in several African countries. The fundraising also saw the participation of a US-based wealth management office. The funds raised will enable Boreal Light to expand its activities on the African continent. In areas with an arid climate, the young company is installing kiosks for the distribution of drinking water obtained from a solar-powered…

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Kenya launches US$13m water project in Bomet County

KENYA – The government of Kenya has launched a US$13 million water and sanitation project in Bomet County in western Kenya which will benefit three towns. The water project is being financed with a loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and is being implemented by the Lake Victoria South Water Works Development Agency (LVSWWD), an agency of the Kenyan Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation. In Bomet County, the new water and sanitation facilities will benefit 216,850 people, mainly in the towns of Bomet, Longisa and Mulot where work…

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World Bank lends US$65m for sanitation around mining sites in Zambia

ZAMBIA – The World Bank is committing US$65 million to finance an environmental remediation and restoration project around several mining sites in Zambia. Mining which benefits the Zambian economy has many impacts on the environment, including pollution that affects people’s health. Initiated by the Zambian government, the Zambia Mining and Environmental Remediation and Improvement Project (ZMERIP) aims to clean up the environment around mining sites. It will now benefit from financial support of US$65 million from the World Bank. The funds granted to the Zambian government will be used to…

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