It is an honour for me to write this opinion article as the new President of the International Desalination Association (IDA). But, first of all, I would like to look back on 2019 as CEO of Almar Water Solutions. This has been a very significant year for the company, which has entered into very important alliances and secured a number of large contracts. Almar Water Solutions has consolidated its project portfolio through the addition of the Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant in Arabia Saudí, with a capacity of 450,000 m3/d, the acquisition of the Muharraq wastewater treatment plant in Bahrain, a strategic agreement with Hassan Allam Utilities in Egypt for the creation of a JV that will enable us to develop projects in the region, and the acquisition of a water treatment company in Chile. And we still have a few interesting surprises up our sleeve for the end of the year.
I am very proud of the team we have created and the motivation we have for each of the projects in which we are involved. With this team and the experience it boasts, I am convinced that we will achieve great recognition and prestige within the water sector, particularly given the company’s firm commitment to improving the quality of life of millions of people and to seeking solutions to combat the climate crisis.
I have been a member of the IDA for 22 years, but my participation has been far more active in the last six. I have been heavily involved in the change needed by the association to address its growth at a time when non-conventional water resources have become part of the solution to the great water deficit we are facing. I have evolved with the association, going from being a member to a director, then treasurer and a member of the Operations Committee and finally becoming President recently. It is a great honour for me and a responsibility I assume with great enthusiasm.
Carlos Cosín, CEO at Almar Water Solutions and newly-appointed
President of the International Desalination Association (IDA)