Under the ‘Energy Efficiency in the Jordanian Water Sector-Engineering and Implementation Consultant (Phase 2)’, ECO Consult was commissioned by Fichtner to assist in the ‘Implementation of Investment Measures for improving the energy efficiency of Jordanian Water Supply Systems’.
Alliances and Public Private Partnerships
The Feasibility Study and Work Plan for Establishment of the Highland Water Forum Financing Structure (HWFS) project was funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) in close cooperation with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) and the Highland Water Forum (HWF) initiative.
The Energy Assessments in the Jordanian Water Supply System’s objective was to provide specialized technical and economic consultancy services to improve the energy efficiency of well-fields, pumping stations and booster stations for the domestic water supply in Jordan. Furthermore, it was the objective of the consulting services to support the strategic development of an energy efficient water sector in Jordan by preparing a development concept.
As Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant receives more than 70% of the wastewater that is generated in Jordan. The As Samra Plant is managed under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement with funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Jordanian Banks’ Lenders. The plant has been operational since 2007 and requires expansion to meet the growing wastewater demands in Amman Zarqa Basin. The expansion works will increase the plant’s capacity to 367,000 m3 per days which will be treated and discharged to meet irrigation demands in the Jordan Valley.
The Government of Jordan through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) has adopted the request for Expression of Interest approach to develop renewable energy projects for electricity generation by the private sector, where applicants were requested to submit Direct Proposals including credentials and capability statements within a specific timeframe. The consortium of ECO Consult and Fichtner was hired by the Ministry to provide technical, financial and legal advisory services to assist the Government in evaluating and negotiating the received applications.
The three years United States Ageny for International Development (USAID) funded Further Advancing the Blue Revolution Initiative (FABRI) will address critical issues that are driving change in the Middle East and Africa, since water plays a key role in the political, economic and social lives of nations and people.
ECO Consult was subcontracted by Sofreco to provide technical assistance to the Executive Privatization Commission (EPC) and the EU funded Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme in Jordan. The technical assistance focused on reinforcing EPC staff and relevant stakeholders’ capacity in PPPs. ECO Consult was responsible for finalizing a training plan on PPPs and a Program Estimate to approve EU funds for training implementation.
The Government of Jordan has embarked on a strategy to attract Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in various sectors in order to develop its infrastructure and enhance the efficiency and quality of the services provided to its citizens. The Al-Azraq Omari road is 48 Kms highway with two lanes and is in need of rehabilitation and expansion. The improvement of the road stems out of the fact that it connects Jordan with Saudi borders.
With the help and facilitation of the Mediterranean Hot Spot Investment Programme – Project Preparation and Implementation Facility (MeHSIP-PPIF), the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Joint Service Council of Irbid have engaged in discussions with the European Investment Bank (EIB) on ways to minimize the potential environmental risks emanating from Al Ekeidar Landfill Site in the North of Jordan.
The main objective of this project was to assist the Executive Privatization Commission (EPC) and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing in completing the successful procurement for the Truck Weigh Bridges and Axle Load Management Project through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
The Government of Jordan recognizes that the procurement and subsequent management of Government property is in need of significant improvement. This project provided support and assistance to the Government and the Executive Privatization Commission in assessing the feasibility of delivering New Government Accommodation buildings through Public Private Partnership. The study completed technical, financial and regulatory assessments of the projects, and recommended the most suitable PPP structure for implementation.
The Institutional Support and Strengthening Program is three years United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded program that is providing technical assistance to the Government of Jordan to restructure the water sector and build capacity to enhance the sector’s performance, improve financial management, optimize water use, and reduce over exploitation of resources.
ECO Consult was commissioned by the Local Governance Development Program, a two years Millennium Challenge Corporation funded project that was administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to conduct feasibility studies for eight potential municipal Public Private Partnership projects in eight municipalities. The tasks included conducting market and feasibility studies to test the viability of the proposed projects and delineate strengths and weaknesses.
As part of an international consortium comprising of Charles River Associates (CRA) International, IT Power, and Trowers & Hamlins, ECO Consult was contracted to develop the transaction process and documentation for a Wind Power IPP project in Fujeij area. ECO's role included providing local knowledge of issues relevant to the project, reviewing and conducting Environmental Impact Assessment, data compilation and analysis, completing technical studies and surveys, and supporting the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in tendering the project, and selecting a winning bidder.
ABRI was three years United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID) funded program that addressed some of the most challenging water issues in the Middle East and Africa. Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) - as prime contractor - subcontracted ECO Consult on the program to work on the following:
ECO Consult worked on designing a strategic framework for the development of an Integrated Solid Waste Management Policy with regard to Private Sector Participation (PSP).
ECO Consult partnered with PA Government Services under this two years USAID funded program to develop a Management Contract for the distribution of irrigation water in the Jordan Valley, and acted as transaction advisor to Jordan Valley Authority on the matter.
ECO Consult specifically worked on the analysis of water quantity and quality systems engineering, financial analysis, prepared an asset register, conducted a human resources retrenchment study and facilitated numerous workgroups.
Since the establishment of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) in 2001, ECO Consult was engaged in the development of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone as part of the four years USAID funded program Aqaba Technical Assistance Support (ATASP) Project. Contracted by TSG, following is a summary overview of ECO Consult’s selected engagements under the ATASP project:
The objective of this United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project was to develop a five-year strategic plan for the Jordan Valley Authority (JVA) that would define priority areas for its future work, and introduce much-needed efficiency into its operations. The project was implemented in two phases over four years; the first phase was concerned with assessing the current situation, and consulting with all stakeholders; while the second phase was concerned with developing the strategy document and first year operational plan.