Business Monitor International

Saudi Arabia Water Report

Published 01 April 2014

  • 55 pages
Saudi Arabia Water Report

BMI View: The Saudi Arabian water sector remains one of the most active in the region and offers some of the greatest opportunities to private sector participants. In particular, we highlight the continued growth in desalination projects and ongoing water reclamation developments as offering significant potential. However, the country continues to be constrained by limited fresh water resources and rising domestic and industrial demand. Desalination is expensive and requires vast electricity resources . M oreover , electricity generation itself uses significant volumes of water in the cooling processes for thermal generation, and although Saudi Arabia is increasing its solar generation, additional industrial demands are weighing down on water resources. 

Backed by a multi-billion dollar infrastructure expenditure programme, Saudi Arabia is ploughing resources into its water sector and prioritising contractor awards across the key desalination, waste water and network areas. The increasing attractiveness of the Saudi water sector is highlighted by the widespread international interest it generates and the fact that various international water management and water infrastructure groups are keen to enter the water sector in Saudi Arabia.

Japan recently announced it was seeking greater involvement, particularly via product distribution.

Saudi Arabia will require investment of SAR800bn (USD213.3bn) over the coming 10 years to satisfy rising demand for water and electricity, according to a statement by Deputy Electricity Minister Saleh al-Awaji on May 13. According to al-Awaji, water and power demand is increasing by around 8% annually. The country previously stated that SAR500bn will be needed over the period to 2020. However, this was before major infrastructure and housing projects were announced.

To cater to these requirements, in 2014 and 2015, Saudi Arabia-based National Water Company (NWC) plans to implement over 30 water projects, worth more than SAR2bn...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
Business Environment
Industry Forecast
Saudi Arabia Water Forecast
Table: Saudi Arabia Water Forecasts
Table: Saudi Arabia Water Forecasts
Table: Water Data by City ('000 cubic metres), 2002-2006
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Regional Risk Reward Ratings
Table: MENA Infrastructure Business Environment Ratings
Market Overview
Domestic Competitive Landscape
Major Projects
Table: Saudi Arabia Major Projects, Water Infrastructure
Regulatory Development
Pricing Mechanisms and Regulatory Framework
Company Profile
ACWA Power International
Suez Environnement
Veolia Water
Demographic Forecast
Saudi Arabia Demographic Data
Table: Saudi Arabia's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
Table: Saudi Arabia's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
Table: Saudi Arabia's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
Table: Saudi Arabia's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020
How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts
Infrastructure Risk/Reward Ratings
Table: Infrastructure Business Environment Indicators
Project Finance Ratings

The Saudi Arabia Water Report has been researched at source and features latest-available data covering public and private sector investment in all major water projects including water extraction, water distribution and water treatment and sanitation projects and also includes competitive intelligence. The report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent industry forecasts and analysis of latest industry news, trends and regulatory developments in Saudi Arabia.

BMI's Saudi Arabia Water Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the water industry in Saudi Arabia.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent water industry forecasts for Saudi Arabia to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Saudi water industry.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Saudi Arabia through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments. These are broken down into Water Extraction, Water Consumption and Water Treatment & Sanitation.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the water and wastewater sectors and the potential affects for industrial consumers, within the broader political, economic and business environment.

Industry & Economic Forecasts

Historic data series (2011-2012) and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry and economic indicators, supported by explicit assumptions. Indicators include extraction, consumption and treatment.

Market Overview

Evaluation of the water industry in each state, with special emphasis on supply & consumption, distribution, treatment & sanitation, regulations & tariffs.

Industry Trends & Developments

Analysis of latest projects across the water infrastructure sector including Water and wastewater treatment plants, desalination facilities, mains water and sewage network expansions, dams, and hydropower plants.

Competitive Landscape

Provides an overview of key government ministries overseeing the water sector together with regulatory organisations, alongside the central companies involved in water and wastewater distribution and treatment services in the country.

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