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Kenya: Saudi Company Will Build Mombasa Desal


Authorities in Kenya’s driest region are in talks with a Saudi investor to build a desalination plant, after hopes of finding drinking water from an aquifer were dashed. Tito Ochieng, the director of water services in Turkana, in the north of the country, said the potential investor – Saudi-owned Almar Water – has already signed a deal to build a $160m (£125m) desalination plant in Mombasa. The investor is in the process of validating a business plan that would involve privatising the water and selling it to water companies, while subsidising access to water for the local population.