SENEGAL: Suez to manage public drinking water service

The Senegalese Ministry of Hydraulics and Sanitation has decided to award water management in urban and peri-urban areas to the French group, Suez.
Three companies were in the race to obtain the concession, including the outgoing Senegalese water company, a subsidiary of Eranove, a Franco-African group and Veolia.
The Senegalese Ministry of Hydraulics and Sanitation has finally made a decision on whom to award the contract for the public water service.
For several months now, water sector actors and Senegalese people have been suspended from the decision, which sounds like a defeat for the Senegalese water company (SDE).
The company, a subsidiary of the Franco-African group Eranove, dreamed of a renewal, since it has been managing drinking water in this West African country for more than 22 years.
Abdoul Baal, the director of SDE, said he was “confident” in the face of the Suez group and Veolia, another French company competing for the contract worth nearly 80 billion CFA francs, or 120 million euros.
Things didn’t go as planned.
However, SDE had the most attractive offer, at least in terms of the price per cubic metre of water.
The choice in favour of Suez is controversial Why Suez?
To this question, relayed by the local press, the Director of General Administration and Equipment of the Ministry Mamadou Dioukhané replied: “There had to be consistency between the projected operating account, the proposed technology and the company’s operations.

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