Delivering $0.40 Desalination – Workshop

A high-level invitation only workshop

The return of the private finance model to the desalination industry has brought with it a slew of record breaking low bids for the price of water. We have broken through the $0.50/m3 barrier and are eyeing the next goal: $0.40/m3. It would be a game-changer for the industry, dramatically broadening the potential market for the technology.

But it is not going to be achieved by simply squeezing the supply chain. We need out of the box thinking. That is why we are bringing together all the key players in the industry to map the way forward at this exclusive invitation-only workshop ahead of the 2019 Global Water Summit in London.

It will look at three specific issues which need to be addressed by the industry as a whole rather than through the actions of individual participants. These are:

1) Optimising tender specifications and costing technical limits: The cost of desalination is increasingly in the detail of the specification. We need to investigate the costs and the benefits of these to develop the optimal way forward.

2) Opening the way for new technologies: As the size of desalination plants grows we need to ensure that there is still a pathway for new technologies to move quickly from lab to pilot and commercial scale-up.

3) Risk management: The pricing of risk is perhaps the biggest hidden cost in desalination. Although the build-operate-transfer procurement model was invented to ensure these risks are help by those best able to manage them, is there still room to further minimise risk by understanding and managing them more effectively?

The objective of the workshop is to convene a working group of the key participants in the large scale seawater desalination industry to draw up a strategy for delivering water at $0.40/m3 within five years.

A number of key participants have already been invited to this invitation only workshop, but we will accept and review registrations of interest for other potentially relevant parties.

Pre-conference Workshop Sponsor

Event Participants

The invitation list includes the key off-takers, engineering consultants, project developers, EPC contractors and equipment suppliers active in the market.


Taking Part

Undoubtedly this is a must-attend event for anyone wishing to shape the future of the desalination industry, but in order to maximise the value of the outcomes of the workshop we are restricting participation to those who have the most to contribute to the discussion.

You can apply to be part of the group by registering your interest. We will assess your application and issue an invitation to participate as relevant.

Workshop Agenda

12.00 – 13.00

Registration and Lunch

13.00 – 13.15

Co-chairman’s Introduction

John Tonner, COO,
Consolidated Water, Cayman Islands
Khaled Al-Qureshi, CEO, Saudi Water Partnership Company, Saudi Arabia

13.15 – 14.00

Opening Statements: Strategies for $0.40 Desalination

Proponents are given four minutes to make the case for specific suggestions.

Thomas Altmann,
VP Water & Innovations, ACWA Power
Vincent Baujat, CEO, Veolia Sidem
Corrado Sommariva, Founder & CEO, SWPC
Jose Diaz Caneja, CEO, Acciona
Carlos Cosin, CEO, Almar Water
Hilling Chang, CEO, Shanghai Safbon
Spock Huang, Executive Vice President, Poten Environment
Pedro Almagro, CEO, Abengoa

14.00 – 14.45


The co-chairs lead the discussion arising from the different propositions, inviting some of the key
players in the industry to respond to what they have heard.

HE Mohammed Al
, Chairman, Diam, Oman
Karen Stummeyer, Head of Desalination, Fichtner
Bruce Smith, Acting
Managing Director, Emirates Water Company
Roberto Mangano, Managing Director, ILF Consulting Engineers, UAE
Ahmed Kamal Moawed,
Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, Egypt
Carlos Martin Freixa, Head of Water, Ayesa, Spain
H.E. Eng. Mohammed Juma Bin Jarsh Al Falasi, Undersecretary of the Department of
Energy, Abu Dhabi Emirate, UAE
HE Eng. Abdullah Obaidullah, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

14.45 – 15.15

Audience input and topic selection

During the discussion participants will be invited to use the Pigeonhole audience response system to
suggest and up-vote ideas for further discussion. These together with the suggestions made by the
proponents in the first part of the session will provide the agenda for the second half of the event.

15.15 – 15.45

Coffee Break

15.45 – 16.45

Discussion of recommendations

The Pigeonhole audience reponse system will be used to determine which suggestions garnered from the
first session should be rejected, and which deserve further discussion. After further discussion there
will be an opportunity for participants to vote on which suggestions should be included in a White

16.45 – 17.00


The co-chairs, together with IDA President Miguel Angel Sanz and
workshop sponsor Sete Saudia CEO Marlon Saad, summarise their views of the proceedings
and the recommendations.