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szdaily -> Business
Global sewage firms eye opportunities in China
    2017-July-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

GLOBAL sewage and water treatment firms are eyeing opportunities in China, the world’s most populous nation.

The country has been for years battling contamination from fertilizer runoffs, heavy metals and untreated sewage. A survey in 2015 showed nearly two-thirds of China’s underground water and a third of its surface water was unfit for human contact.

To reverse this, China has pledged to lay 126,000 kilometers of new sewage pipes by 2020, enough to circle the globe three times, and raise urban wastewater treatment by 50 million cubic meters a day, equal to 20,000 Olympic-size pools.

This has opened the floodgates to sewage specialists, like Israel’s Emefcy, RWL Water — controlled by Ron Lauder from Estee Lauder and France’s Veolia, who want to grab a share of the market with China’s annual environmental spend estimated at 3 trillion yuan (US$441 billion) over the next five years.

China’s latest five-year plan released in 2016 emphasizes tackling pollution, while in an action plan published in 2015 the government vowed to improve water quality nationwide by 2030, pledging to spend billions of dollars.

Local officials will be forced to improve sewage capacity under new legislation that make them directly responsible for water quality. Cities need to hike treatment rates to 95 percent by 2020 from 92 percent in 2015, while rural regions in central and western China need to reach 50 percent.

“The market is massive,” said Yong Wong-jin, CEO for Emefcy’s China division, which estimates the potential market opportunity in Beijing and nearby provinces at over US$1 billion.

Foreign players have been in China for a while, such as Veolia that has water projects across the country, but the focus on a large-scale cleanup has gained impetus recently.

Emefcy plans to put eight small-scale sewage treatment units into operation in China by the end of this year and is currently building a local factory. It has installed a mobile plant around the size of a van at a school in southern Changzhou and runs another at a sewage works in Wuxi.

Emefcy said its small-scale units can treat 20,000 liters a day, take two months to install and have significantly lower energy costs, making them ideal for the rural market.

RWL Water venture is set to merge with Emefcy in July to “accelerate penetration” in China’s rural wastewater sector.

They will be competing with local players such as Beijing Enterprises Water Group and China Water Investment, and others like Beijing Sound Environment and Kangda International.

Stricter environmental standards are drawing in companies of all sizes, but big State-owned firms still dominate major projects, said Xue Xiaohu, general manager at Jiangsu Greenway that sells water treatment technology to the textiles industry.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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