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Public Works Authority “Ashghal” Awards the Consortium “Metito”, “Al Attiyah Motors & Trading Company”, and “Gulf Investment Corporation”, Qatar’s First Sewage Treatment PPP Project – with a Total Project Cost of appx. 5.4 billion Qatari Riyals

Public Private Partnerships Taking the Gulf Region by Storm

Public Works Authority “Ashghal” Awards the Consortium “Metito”, “Al Attiyah Motors & Trading Company”, and “Gulf Investment Corporation”, Qatar’s First Sewage Treatment PPP Project – With a Total Project Cost of appx. 5.4 billion Qatari Riyals

Qatar Public Works Authority – “Ashghal”, awarded the consortium Metito, Al Attiyah Motors & Trading Company, and Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC), the contract for the development, design, build, finance, and procurement of a 150,000 m3/day sewage treatment works (STW) project under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement.  The 5.4 billion Qatari Riyals project, located in the areas of Al Wakrah and Al Wukair, marks the country’s first sewage treatment PPP project.

In an official signing ceremony held in Qatar yesterday, his Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior graced the signing ceremony for this historic project. His Excellency stated that the initiative of signing the contract of Al Wakrah and Al Wukair STW project is a culmination of the State’s efforts to consolidate the partnership between the public and private sectors, on the one hand, and attract and stimulate local and foreign investments on the other. This step also reflects the confidence that the State ties to the ability of the private sector to work side by side with the government sector to complete significant development projects in various fields, including infrastructure and water treatment projects.

Commenting on the contract award, Mutaz Ghandour, Chairman and CEO Metito, said, ” For decades, we have witnessed Qatar investing heavily to improve economic, social, human, and environmental outcomes for the country and this project is yet another milestone in this progressive journey.  Metito has been closely working with its Qatari stakeholders, developing projects since 1987, and being awarded this contract alongside our partners is a great honor and a testament of our commitment to play a leading role in enabling Qatar to achieve its ambitious water agenda”.

The Al Wakrah and Al Wukair STW project will contribute to the achievement of Qatar’s 2030 Vision to streamline water consumption and encourage the use of unconventional water resources. The consortium’s scope will involve the design, construction, and delivery of KAHRAMAA facilities, including a primary substation, initial commissioning, performance acceptance testing, and 25 years of operations and maintenance.

On this occasion, Abdul Aziz Al Attiya, Chairman of Al Attiyah Motors & Trading Company, said: “We are the largest shareholder in this consortium, which means providing an effective contribution to the capital, in addition to our decades-long experience working within Qatar. We are proud to be awarded this contract under a public-private partnership for the next 25 years, with the local and global expertise that our consortium has.”

Rami Ghandour, Managing Director Metito, added,” We are delighted to work in partnership with the Qatari government and our partners on this historic project. Impact investment is a key principle for Metito and its an honor to lead on a project that supports Qatar’s efforts to develop and implement a sustainable drainage infrastructure across the country.”

“Metito & partners will be investing the equity required, and Metito will be integrating the latest technologies as we invest close to 1 billion dollars. Through our experts, access to global resources, and extensive knowledge of the local Qatari requirements and specifications, we are confident we are absolutely the right partner to develop this strategic project”, concluded Rami Ghandour.

Meshary Al-Judaimi, Group Head – Principal Investment at GIC stated, “In line with its strategy to focus on sectors with high added value to the economies of the region, GIC has chosen the development of utilities and infrastructure projects as one of the most important sectors. There is no doubt that the state of Qatar, through the Public Works Authority, has demonstrated its ability to attract international, regional, and local private enterprises for the development of this important project.”

Walid Oraby, Metito Qatar Executive Director, added, ” With a local workforce of over 2200 employees and extensive operations in Qatar, we are very familiar with the local water sector and its challenges. Our understanding of local requirements backed by our strong engineering capabilities, and innovative technologies, will enable us to deliver a world-class project fitting of Qatar. We have worked extensively with Ashghal before, and we are excited for the opportunity to design and deliver this long-term sustainable project along with our partners.”

 

Serbia’s First Public-Private-Partnership Water Treatment Project Awarded to Metito

The Contract for the realization of the water treatment project in Zrenjanin was signed between Metito, the City of Zrenjanin and Serbia’s Public Water Company.

12 July 2022: The signing of the first public private partnership project for the realization of a water treatment plant facility in the Republic of Serbia, has been announced at an official ceremony earlier this week. Metito, a leading global provider of intelligent water and alternative energy management solutions, has been appointed by the City of Zrenjanin and Serbia’s Public Water Company (PWC), as the partner to develop, modernize and operate a state-of-the-art water treatment plant in the City of Zrenjanin.

The contract was signed by Metito Managing Director, Rami Ghandour, Mayor of the City of Zrenjanin, Simo Salapura, and PWC Acting Director, Predrag Bodiroga. The signing ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, H. E. Ambassador of the UAE in Serbia, Mubarak Saeed Burshaid Al Dhaheri, Metito Vice President for Business Development, Walid Madwar, and Metito Country Manager for Serbia, Branislav Zec.

“With the signing of the Contract for realization of a water treatment project in Zrenjanin, we have taken a huge step towards solving a decades-long problem for the citizens of Zrenjanin. I would like to thank the Mayor of Zrenjanin and his team for their persistent efforts to find a solution to such a complex challenge together, and I also thank the Public Water Company and especially Metito Company, which, based on its experience in the water sector around the world and the innovative technologies it applies, will be our true partner on this project,” said Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić.

The water quality challenge in Zrenjanin is a complex case and after thorough due diligence, Metito devised a sustainable and innovative solution that will see the company integrating state-of-the -art technology and leveraging its global resources and expertise while committing to environmental stewardship. Such strategic projects will help the Republic of Serbia achieve its Water Management Strategy in support of the country’s 2020-2025 Vision and sustainable development goals.

The Mayor of Zrenjanin, Simo Salapura, stated: “This Contract represents a double gain. We have as our partner a renowned company that has innovative technology, and the investment value of at least 18 million EUR. The biggest guarantee of this project will be the Government of the Republic of Serbia, and we have invested maximum caution and made sure to minimize risks for the city and citizens to the lowest possible level.”

Rami Ghandour, Metito Managing Director, commented: “We are honoured to work alongside the Serbian Government, the City of Zrenjanin and the Public Water Company on this strategic project. Over the course of six decades of global experience, a growing portfolio of over 3,000 projects across 50 countries, we have partnered with governments, worked with industries and communities to secure and manage their water needs. We are confident we can deliver this project, while keeping the health, safety and environment central to our sustainable operations.”

Metito currently has two active projects in Serbia with a planned investment of approximately EUR 50 million. Earlier in 2021, Metito launched its strategic operations in the Republic of Serbia, through investing in the Zrenjanin Wastewater Treatment Plant PPP.

 

 

Metito Egypt receives Egyptian Government Honors for outstanding HSE performance

Metito Egypt was recognized for its commitment to health and safety by the Egyptian Ministry of Housing for its outstanding HSE performance at the “Senetit El Refaeen” wastewater treatment plant. The project, with a capacity of 12000 m3/day, received the Golden Helmet Award.

This accolade is a testament to Metito’s continuous efforts in prioritizing HSE initiatives across its projects, across markets.

The Egyptian Ministry of Housing launched the Sustainable Rural Sanitation Service Program SRSSP to promote strict adherence to the safety rules and regulations on sites and workplaces.

Metito successfully passed all the award’s criteria, including HSE management standards, safety conditions at the workplace, the number of best HSE practices, PPE’s workforce commitments, and general site conditions.

Metito recognized for workplace innovation and transformation

Metito won the “Workspace Transformation Award” in the second edition of the Future Workspace Summit & Awards 2022. The awards celebrate outstanding companies that are leading innovation and transformation of workplace in the UAE.

Metito’s award reflects the agile, ever-evolving emphasis placed on digitization and impact operations, and keenness for the early adoption of new technologies such as cloud, which improves efficiencies across the organization.

Its forward-thinking approach to connecting offices, customers, partners, and users by deploying the SASE technology was also recognized as it helps to consolidate multiple products, solutions and security measures under a single platform.

Uzbekistan International PPP Roundtable Event

Rami Ghandour, Metito Managing Director, was a panelist at the Uzbekistan International PPP Roundtable held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on the 20th of May 2022. The event discussed the progress and achievements of the PPP program by the Government of Uzbekistan, including large-scale investments and reforms.

At the event, Ghandour said: “Metito pioneered PPPs in the water and wastewater sector in seven countries, including UAE, Egypt, Rwanda, Saudi, Serbia, and Qatar. Our latest project is the Uzbekistan PPP for the Namangan City wastewater treatment plant where we will implement the latest innovations in energy-efficient, low-emission treatment processes and incorporate anaerobic technology to generate biogas as a by-product. This could later be used in power generation.”

“The technology incorporated into the Namangan project is expected to save about 10MW of power each day, which will reduce the overall carbon footprint by 1,400 tons per year, consuming 35% less power” added Rami.

Metito’s work on the Namangan City wastewater treatment plant involves designing, building, financing, operating, and maintaining a 100,000 m3/day wastewater treatment plant and constructing a new 7.5km effluent discharge pipeline in the Namangan district. The project worth USD 100 million is the first wastewater project to be implemented under the country’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Law undertaken by the Ministry of Housing and Communal Services with the Government’s full support.

Raising Capital for Power and Water Projects

Rami Ghandour, Metito Managing Director, was a panelist on the ‘Raising Capital for Power and Water Projects’ panel at the World Utilities Congress hosted by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA).

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed, Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, the first-of-its-kind event offered an unrivaled opportunity for the global power and water industry stakeholders to discuss the advancing technologies influencing the future.

Rami highlighted how the evolving COVID-19 pandemic saw governments encourage private sector participation in developing mega infrastructural projects, with a focus on efficiency, optimization, and sustainability.

“With the globally evolving fluctuations in traditional energy prices and growing environmental concerns, leaders, and decision-makers – especially in the MENA and Gulf regions are taking progressive action towards developing more hybrid water projects. Desalination plants powered by alternative and traditional energy are trending and able to secure needed water quantities, save on energy costs and become more environmentally friendly,” Rami commented.

McGill-HEC Montreal MBA students delegation visit Metito UAE

As part of its ongoing commitment to knowledge sharing and engaging with students across markets, Metito hosted a group of 22 MBA students from McGill-HEC Montreal at its Dubai offices.

Professor Johanne Brunet, CPA-CGA, MBA, Ph.D, ASC, led the delegation of students, and Talal Ghandour, CIO Metito hosted the visit alongside, Wafic Ghanem, CFO Metito; Mike Abla, Metito Chemicals Executive Director; Winifred Wolderling, Deputy Group Human Capital Director; Ghadeer Alrjoub, Metito Utilities Project Finance Analyst; Sachin Kodolikar, Senior Projects Execution Manager; Mohamed Hamdy, MUL SPC Manager; and Reem Saleh, Metito Head of Communications.

The visit started with a brief presentation about Metito, followed by an engaging Q&A session, and then a visit to the Middle East’s first public private partnership wastewater concession, developed by Metito, in DIP.

Metito received the Construction Business News Middle East (CBNME) MEP “Retrofit Project of the Year” Award for Sharjah Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) Phase 4&5

Metito received the Construction Business News Middle East (CBNME) MEP “Retrofit Project of the Year” Award for Sharjah Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) Phase 4&5 in recognition of the sustainable impact the project has made in terms of contributing to its surrounding community and environment, construction best practices, and for showcasing how construction techniques and pioneering technology can secure optimum operations across the different phases of developing the project.   The project is in line with the Sharjah Government’s economic development and urban expansion strategy to address the growing demand for urban spaces and its commitment to developing sanitation and rainwater drainage projects and is aligned with the UN’s SDGs No.11 – SDGs No. 11 – sustainable cities and SDG No. 6 – clean water and sanitation. The retrofit project is aimed at increasing the capacity from 27,400 m3/day to 65,000 m3/day, per phase, to reach a total capacity of 130,000 m3/day and is one of many iconic projects the Government of Sharjah- Department of Public Works has developed in collaboration with Metito.   The awards were announced in a formal ceremony that was held in Dubai and attended by Abdalla Juma AlTeneiji from the Department of Public Works- Sharjah; Ahmed Hayajneh: Metito General Manager – General Manager for Dubai, Sharjah, and the Northern Emirates; and Moataz Hammamy- Metito General Manager Operations.

Metito Delivers the First Of Three Floating Desalination Barges For Bahri’s SAR760m Announced Project In The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

Metito Delivers the First Of Three Floating Desalination Barges For Bahri’s SAR760m Announced Project In The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

  • The project has a total capacity of 150,000 cubic meters per day- The Largest of Its Kind
  • Metito developed the entire project, including the design, engineering, construction, operation trials, and the provision of floating barges that carry the desalination plants and power generation system
  • The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is the off taker for this innovative project

January 25, 2022: Metito delivers the first of three floating desalination barges for The Saudi National Shipping Company (Bahri) SAR760m Announced Project in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The project is based on a previous agreement signed with the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and falls under the third independent phase of the Kingdom’s Privatization Program and aims to ensure sustainable supply of water to enhance water security. The project is the largest floating desalination barge and is located near Al Shuqaiq port, on the western coast of Saudi Arabia.

Metito Saudi signed a contract with Bahri to deliver three floating water desalination plants with a total capacity of 150,000 cubic meters per day. This project is aimed at contributing to the sustainability to supply of high-quality potable water in compliance with all applicable international and local codes and standards and using the most advanced treatment technology, Integrated Ultra Filtration.

Metito, the leading global provider of water and alternative energy management solutions, developed this project on fast-track basis and covering the design, engineering, construction, operation trials, and the provision of floating barges to sail the desalination plants, complete with the power generation system, to its current location in the Kingdom. The company won this pioneering project after winning a competitive tender and having a portfolio of iconic projects across global markets and in the Kingdom.

Commenting on the news, Fady Juez, Metito Managing Director, said, “Winning this innovative project is a true testament of the Kingdom’s progressive vision to achieving national water security targets through sustainable projects and highlights the Government’s efforts to further engage the private sector with mega infrastructural projects”.

Metito specifically designed the plant taking into consideration mobility and the flexibility of sailing the barges to different locations, according to changing water needs. Juez also emphasized the possibility of using solar energy to power the barges.

Metito was the first company to introduce the Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology for desalination outside the USA in 1972. To date, the company continues to develop iconic desalination projects, integrating the latest technologies and ensuring environmental sustainability at the core of its high value engineering.  Metito is also the first company to pioneer concession contracts through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in the Middle East and Africa.

Metito awarded the First Public-Private Partnership Wastewater Treatment Project in the Republic of Uzbekistan

  • Metito has been awarded the first public-private partnership (PPP) wastewater treatment project under design, build, finance, operation, and maintenance in the Republic of Uzbekistan

 30 December 2021 – Metito, the leading global provider of water and alternative energy management solutions, has been awarded the design, build, finance, operation, and maintenance of a 100,000 m3/day wastewater treatment plant, along with the construction of a new 7.5km effluent discharge pipeline in the Namangan District of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The project worth USD 100 million, is the first wastewater project to be implemented under the country’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Law with private investment and project financing undertaken by the Ministry of Housing and Communal Services with the full support of the Government of Uzbekistan.

Dominated by large desert plains and an arid climate, Uzbekistan is considered a water-scarce country. Namangan is located on the right bank of the Syr Darya River. Due to climate change, there has been lower river flows and water stress causing a growing gap between water supply and demand. The project, which marks Metito’s first PPP project in Uzbekistan and second in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region, will contribute towards rehabilitating and expanding the water and wastewater infrastructure in the Namangan region, located 295km from the capital city, Tashkent. This will improve access to safe water and create a more sustainable community. Metito will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the project for the first 2 years as well as its operation and maintenance for 23 years after completion.

Commenting on this, Rami Ghandour, Metito Managing Director, said: ” Water impacts almost every facet of life, and ensuring a stable and sustainable clean water supply is vital to the sustainable development of any economy. The Namangan Wastewater Treatment Plant PPP braves the path of taking a much bolder approach to financing capital-intensive large infrastructural projects able to address growing water needs where there are budget constraints and other priorities for government budgetary spending.”

“We are confident that our global and extended experience in water PPPs, our high-value engineering capabilities along with integrating the latest technologies, will enable us to set a new benchmark for future water projects in Uzbekistan and the wider CIS region.”

The Namangan Wastewater Treatment Plant PPP is set to have a huge impact on the Uzbekistan community particularly through encouraging more foreign direct investments into capital-intensive, lifeline infrastructure projects. The project is part of a large-scale water management strategy that is aimed at the corporatization and the transfer of management of water supply and sewerage systems to private operators.  Two presidential decrees have been issued to support the development of Water, Supply, and Sanitation infrastructure on a PPP basis and the Namangan Wastewater Treatment Plant PPP project is the first to be developed in this sector pursuant to those Presidential Decrees.

Following a two-staged open international tender run by Asian Development Bank with 23 foreign companies, Metito was officially announced as the winning bidder of the Namangan PPP project. The announcement was made at an award ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Housing and Communal Services in the Republic of Uzbekistan, and which was attended by members of the Ministry of Housing and Communal Services, the Ministry of Finance, and their PPP Development Agency, Asian Development Bank, as well as representatives from Metito.

Metito’s team of advisory included Synergy Consulting (Financial Advisor), KPMG (Tax Advisor), Hogan Lovells (Legal Advisor).