Abdul Latif Jameel Energy expands water sector portfolio with acquisition of 58 desalination plants in Egypt
- Almar Water Solutions and HA Utilities BV joint venture, take ownership of Ridgewood Egypt desalination plants with total installed capacity of 82,440 m3/day of drinking water
- Acquisition follows joint venture with HA Utilities in Egypt, created to tackle country’s urgent water security challenges
Abdul Latif Jameel Energy has reinforced its investment in the Middle East and Africa water sector with the acquisition of a major desalination services company in Egypt.
Almar Water Solutions, Abdul Latif Jameel Energy’s dedicated water solutions unit, and HA Utilities BV (HAU), part of Hassan Allam Holding (HAH), have finalized a deal with the Ridgewood Group, taking ownership of assets with a total desalination capacity of 82,440 cubic meters of drinking water per day, from 58 desalination plants located across Egypt.
The deal was closed under the joint venture between Almar Water Solutions and HA Utilities BV, announced in 2019, and created to provide sustainable water infrastructure solutions to both municipal and industrial clients across Egypt.
Speaking on the Ridgewood Group acquisition, Fady Jameel, Deputy President and Vice Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, said:
“We are dedicated to the provision of global solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of the water sector. This acquisition is a significant addition to our growing portfolio of projects addressing the most pressing water challenges around the world. Egypt is one of our most important markets and this project will support the country’s economic development and water security in the long term.”
Following the signing of the contract, Carlos Cosín, CEO of Almar Water Solutions, said:
“After months of work with the team from Hassam Allam Utilities BV, we are proud to say that the agreement is a complete success, and we look forward to developing new projects together in the future. With this new contract, Almar Water continues to expand rapidly beyond its portfolio of new, ‘greenfield’ projects under development with assets already in operation (or so-called ‘brownfield’ projects) expanding and diversifying our services, with additional capacity of over 80,000 m3/day of drinking water. The acquisition of the Ridgewood Group also cements Almar Water Solutions’ entry into the Egyptian market, a strategic country for the company.”
The majority of the desalination plants provide fresh drinking water to Egypt’s tourism sector, a vital industry for the economic development and prosperity of the country.
The acquisition of Ridgewood consolidates the path of rapid and sustainable growth that Almar Water Solutions and Abdul Latif Jameel Energy have achieved in recent years. Its diversified portfolio includes the development of one of the world’s largest desalination projects in Al Shuqaiq on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia; Kenya’s first large-scale desalination plant in Mombasa; the acquisition of Muharraq in Bahrain to operate a 100,000 cubic meters/day wastewater treatment plant; and a major industrial services contract with Mantos Cooper following its acquisition of Osmoflo SpA in Chile.
From left to right: Menatalla Sadek, CEO, Hassan Allam Utilities; Carlos Cosin, CEO, Almar Water Solutions; Zaki Y. Girges, Former Chairman & CEO, Ridgewood; Amr Allam, Chairman, Hassan Allam Utilities; and Gonzalo Gómez-Rodulfo, Managing Director, Almar Water Solutions.
Please note: all participants at the signing ceremony undertook PCR tests with negative results prior to the event taking place.