Altough this is an older post it shows that the interests of the french corporation have a certain focus.
In October 2008, Veolia Water and Mubadala Development Company had announced their intention to create a joint-venture company to focus on water purification and distribution, wastewater treatment and reuse in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. That intention has now taken concrete shape in the form of Azaliya, which unites the expertise of the world’s leading environmental services operator with the experience of region’s leading development and investment company. Azaliya, owned 51% by Veolia Water and 49% by Mubadala, was formally unveiled at a select press briefing, held during the MEED Wastewater Conference in Abu Dhabi in early December 2009.
Further there is this quote to notice:
All the water and sanitation activities of Veolia Water portfolio in the MENA region will be transferred to Azaliya. These include contracts in the GCC region – mainly UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and Morocco in North Africa. In Morocco, Azaliya has 25 year concession contracts for water, wastewater and electricity services in the three cities of Rabat, Tangiers and Tetouan. In North Africa, Azaliya is also exploring opportunities in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia in both water production and wastewater markets.
Now if that is not enough you need to see what the expectations are for the period of 40 years.
Worldwide, the average water availability per person is close to 7,000 m3/person/year, but in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, it is about 1,200 m3/person/year. With the population expected to grow from nearly 300 million in 2008 to almost 500 million in 2025, the already dismal per capita availability of water is expected to halve by 2050. This shrinking of freshwater sources has thrown open opportunities for developers of water and wastewater treatment, recycle and reuse, as well as the distribution and sewage collection networks.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Market in Middle East and North African Countries, finds that the market earned revenues of $9 billion in 2010 and estimates this to reach $18.85 billion in 2015 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 16%. In this research, Frost & Sullivan’s expert analysts thoroughly examine the following markets: water treatment, wastewater treatment, water distribution networks and wastewater collection and disposal networks.
Now by looking at the numbers the question arises how you can provide water in such quantities in a region that is most likely the driest in the world. And add on top that in the end there must be a gain. This works out only when you have an infrastructure already in place, the commodity in vincity and to the lowest possible price for it.
Enter the lybian fossil water supply systems! If you look at the specs it is awesome:
Now guess which nation fired the first shot. http://www.hindustantimes.com/France-fires-first-shot-in-war-against-Muammar-Gaddafi/Article1-675519.aspx
The question remains why are France and Britain leading this war? Is it for oil? Not when you belive this article from TIME: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2060412,00.html
Now the money quote for me is this:
Libya has oil and gas, yes — but less than 2% of the world’s oil reserves, while technology is about to make gas available in such abundance that it hardly matters which country has it. It’s hard to make the case that there is some pressing commercial reason for Britain and France to take the lead in the way that they have done, which will not stop those who see oil companies behind every foreign military adventure doing so.
Water anyone? If we assume we have reached peak oil a while ago then the importance of water is getting more evident. Human beings will be able to live without oil in the future but everybody needs water to live. If you control the water supply you are in control in the 21 century. In this context take a look at the activities of the NESTLE WATERS corporation and you know that this is not a 3rd world phenomenon. Look here: http://stopnestlewaters.org
Now it seems like in some places the Veolia is experimenting on how far they can push things. Unfortunately these activities helped to fuel some of the uprising in Tangier, Morocco, if you believe the articel here:
On February 19th, ahead of the February 20th protests, Tangiers, a city sitting on the Mediterranean shore of Morocco, broke into violent protests targeting the French water distribution firm Veolia. Similar to other big Moroccan cities, Tangiers has experienced considerable infrastructure growth during the last few years. But the city is also one where income disparities became among the largest in the country. Protesters expressed anger at higher utility bills, and condemned the climate of non-transparency under which Veolia won the water distribution bid.
…but go figure out for yourself!