In partnership with Almar Water Solutions
2019 has been an important year for Almar Water Solutions. After three intense years of work, in this last year, the company has consolidated its portfolio of projects with the addition of two contract awards in Saudi Arabia and Kenya, an acquisition in Bahrain, a strategic agreement in Egypt and the acquisition of a water treatment company in Chile. More water work is underway to continue Almar Water Solutions’ expansion plans in 2020. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is the world’s most water-scarce region. Water stress in MENA is greater than in any other region of the world and their natural resources, in addition to being the most scarce, are also the most variable and unpredictable.
According to the latest data available from AQUASTAT, the average of water resources worldwide is 7,453 m3 per person per year, while in the Arab region it is just 736 m3. In addition, per capita water scarcity has been increasing and will continue this trend due to population growth and the consequences of climate change, contributing to groundwater depletion, the loss of farmland for agricultural production and the displacement of people due to the lack of water resources.
It is for this reason, and as a result of the location of its parent company, Abdul Latif Jameel, that Almar Water Solutions is focusing its efforts on developing new water infrastructure in areas such as the Middle East and Africa.
Hosting 6% of the world’s population, the MENA region has just 1% of the world’s freshwater resources. This means that unconventional water sources (desalination in particular) play a key role in the region’s water supply portfolio. MENA accounts for almost 50% of the world’s desalination capacity, and its growth and consolidation have been made possible in part by lower energy prices and technological improvements, which have reduced plant operating costs. Innovations in membranes and renewable energy supply can even contribute to increased adoption of unconventional sources of supply across the area.