Iran: Water Treatment Iran's Water Market Opens – And the Backlog is Immense...

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As Iran opens up to foreign trade, the backlogs caused by international sanctions become more and more visible. The country's water treatment system for example offers huge potentials for technology expertise and investment. Over a trillion dollars investment in infrastructure is needed, experts believe...

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Pipe infrastructure specialist Aquam was one of four companies represented by British Water in Iran.
Pipe infrastructure specialist Aquam was one of four companies represented by British Water in Iran.
(Source: British Water)

Tehran/Iran – Lila Thompson, International Director of British Water said: “These are early days but there are some very exciting opportunities ahead. There was a real buzz at the event.”

“We are always keen to explore new markets and there seems to be a real willingness in the Iranian industry to make new links with the UK now diplomatic relations have been restored.”

The membership organisation, which represents the UK water industry, highlighted the work of four UK companies at the event: pipeline infrastructure specialist Aquam; data and analytics company SEAMS; desalination and water recovery technology company Waterl’eau and Thermancy, manufacturer of the world’s first wireless thermodynamic pump monitor.

Iran’s water and wastewater market open for business

Lila Thompson said: “The country has a good range of technology companies and there is a lot of homegrown expertise. However there is a real desire to explore international best practice and products and services that might offer more efficient solutions.

“There are a variety of infrastructure projects coming up including desalination, dams and wastewater treatment plants. Iran, which is the second biggest economy in the Middle East, is also keen to attract investment from abroad.”

ver a trillion dollars investment in infrastructure needed

According to the UK Government Department for International Trade, Iran needs more than a trillion dollars of investment in infrastructure over the next ten years and is keen to attract foreign expertise and investment. Trade with European countries is expected to quadruple in the next two years.

The Iran International Water & Wastewater Exhibition in Tehran, which was held between 25-28 September, attracted exhibitors and guests from around the world, including companies from India and China and a huge contingent from Germany. It was the first major industry event in the region since sanctions against Iran were lifted in January.