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.
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.
|DAY 0, MONDAY 8TH APRIL 2019|
|12.00 – 13.00||
Registration and Lunch
|13.00 – 13.15||
John Tonner, COO, Consolidated Water, Cayman Islands
|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
|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 Mahrouqi, Chairman, Diam, Oman
|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||
|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 Paper.
|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.