Saudi Arabia has solidified its position as a major player in the global water infrastructure market, as it has begun to alleviate the pressure on its limited water resources caused by economic and population growth. However, water shortages could still occur, and the effects of industrial over-consumption will continue to intensify. In addition to the basic provision of water services to the public, an expansionary economic policy, active construction sector and water intensive operational developments in the oil and gas industry create an increased urgency. In order to cater for this, the government must ramp up its already-impressive project pipeline for the sector.
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 government is planning to invest around SAR134bn (US$35.72bn) in several water and electricity projects in 2014. SAR100bn (US$26.65bn) will be invested in power projects and SAR34bn (US$9.06bn) for water projects, according to Water and Electricity Minister Abdul Rahman al-Hussein. The projects will be funded through an interest-free government loan of SAR70bn (US$18.66bn) and by local banks and private sector investments. The government is also planning to divide its state-owned Saudi Electricity Company into four different firms in a bid to manage and fulfil the demands of the new projects.
The most favourable aspect of the Saudi landscape is the abundance of liquidity and the willingness of key projects sponsors and utilities to furnish this on what is a critical economic sector in a country where water resources are highly restricted yet demand continues to grow. 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...
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.
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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.
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.
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.