Consolidated Water Files a Request for Arbitration with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Seeking to Recover in excess of $50 Million from the Mexican Government Relating to the Company’s Cancelled Project in Rosarito, Mexico

Wednesday, 09. February 2022 22:01

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Feb. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Consolidated Water Coöperatief, U.A. (“CW Coop”), the Dutch subsidiary of Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CWCO), a leading developer and operator of advanced water supply and treatment plants, has filed a Request for Arbitration with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) seeking to recover in excess of US$51 million plus MXN$137 million from the Mexican Government (with the exact amount to be quantified in the proceedings), plus fees, costs and pre- and post-award interest, relating to CW Coop’s investment in a seawater desalination project in Playas de Rosarito, Mexico.

The dispute concerns investments made by CW Coop and its Mexican subsidiaries, N.S.C. Agua, S.A. de C.V. and Aguas de Rosarito, S.A.P.I. de C.V. (“AdR”), in the development of a 100 million gallon per day seawater desalination plant and accompanying pipelines in Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico (“Project”). The Project was designed to supply drinking water to a region of Mexico that continues to face water shortages.

In August 2016, AdR executed a public-private partnership agreement (“APP Contract”) with several Mexican state entities including the State of Baja California, Mexico (“State Entities”) for the development, financing, construction and operation of the Project.

In June 2020, the State Entities terminated the APP Contract on grounds disputed by CW Coop. In August 2020, AdR submitted a request for the reimbursement of expenses and investments incurred in connection with the Project, in accordance with the APP Contract and Mexican law. AdR submitted proof of the Project investments and expenses totaling approximately US$51 million plus MXN$137 million. To date no reimbursement has been made to AdR.

“We invested almost $60 million in the Project over several years, investments that were warranted given the State Entities’ decision to award us the APP Contract and the pressing water shortage in Baja California, Mexico,” commented Rick McTaggart, CEO of Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. and Director of CW Coop. “This Project, when completed, would have secured a safe, drought-proof water supply for the people of northwest Mexico for several decades. However, the Project was terminated by the client in June 2020 on grounds that we believe are legally unsupported. Although we are entitled to, at a minimum, reimbursement of our expenses and investments, after more than 18 months we have not been paid.”

“We will continue to vigorously pursue all legal means to obtain compensation for the benefit of our shareholders and believe that referring this dispute to ICSID is the most effective way of doing so,” concluded McTaggart.

CW Coop intends to pursue vigorously the relief sought in the arbitration, in addition to pursuing all other legal remedies and courses of action available under the operative contracts and applicable law with respect to its rights, damages, fees and expenses. The Company cannot provide any assurances that CW Coop will be able to obtain the relief sought in the arbitration, and will incur legal and other expenses related thereto that could be material to the Company’s consolidated results of operations.

About Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. develops and operates advanced water supply and treatment plants and water distribution systems. The company operates water production facilities in the Cayman Islands, The Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands and operates water treatment facilities in the United States. The company also manufactures and services a wide range of products and provides design, engineering, management, operating and other services applicable to commercial and municipal water production, supply and treatment, and industrial water and wastewater treatment. For more information, visit www.cwco.com.

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Company Contact:
David W. Sasnett
Executive Vice President and CFO
Tel (954) 509-8200
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