On 11 November 2014, CITIC Environment Protection Co Ltd and KKR China Water Investment Holdings, through a special purpose vehicle, made a conditional US$1.3 billion offer to acquire the remaining shares of Singapore-based United Envirotech Limited (UEL). KKR previously invested US$113.8 million in convertible bonds of UEL in 2011 and another US$40 million in 2013, increasing its stake to 26%.
UEL provides engineering services using membrane technology to municipal and industrial wastewater treatment projects, and also operates a portfolio of wastewater treatment plants across China. UEL’s customer base includes petrochemical companies China Petrochemical Corporation, China National Petroleum Corp, China National Offshore Oil Corp and Sembcorp Industries in Singapore.
- UEL continues rounding-out wastewater treatment position
- State-owned enterprises wielding greater global influence
- Government policies underpin scaling interest