Water/Waste Water Treatment Water Treatment Booms: How US–Shale–Gas Drives Demand for Water Technology

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The global market fpor water and waste water treatment systems could continue its growth curve with a solid CAGR of over 6% per year until 2020, a recent report indicates. Key driver of this outstanding market performance is a strong demand for water treatment solutions in North America, fueled by oil and gas production.

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Water treatment technologies continues its strong growth curve.
Water treatment technologies continues its strong growth curve.
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Water treatment technologies boom: Industry analysts Future Market Insights (FMI) predict the global market to amplify at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 6% between 2014 and 2020. The key driver for this development is North America, which accounts for nearly one-third of the global market revenue. In terms of CAGR, the North America produced water treatment systems market is expected to expand at over 8% during the forecast period.

Three Industry Segments Define the Water Treatment Market

The analysts have segmented the produced water treatment systems market on the basis of technology into primary, secondary, and tertiary. Primary treatment technologies employ basic, such as settling, media filtration, floatation, and biological aerated filtering to separate solids from water. According to FMI’s research, Alderley plc is one of the dominant players in the primary treatment technologies.

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Secondary treatment technologies involve the use of induced gas floatation, degasser, and membrane separation. Twin Filter BV is a dominant company providing secondary treatment technology in the market.

Tertiary treatment technologies involve the use of absorption and polishing to separate oil content in produced water. These technologies use a combination of technologies to treat produced water. According to FMI, ProSep, Inc. is the dominant player in tertiary treatment technology.

Tertiary technology is more effective than both primary and secondary technology, owing to which it is being widely adopted by end-use industries. The tertiary technology segment of North America is expected to gain a whopping 1310 BPS during the forecast period. Onshore crude oil industry in North America represented 49.14 Bn barrels or nearly 80% of produced water in 2012. FMI expects this to reach 116.29 Bn barrels by the end of 2020.

Asia Pacific is the second largest market for produced water treatment systems after North America. The Asia Pacific produced water treatment systems market was worth US$ 960 Mn in 2014; FMI expects it to expand at a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period 2014-2020.

Discover the Leading Players in Water Treatment

FMI has segmented the competitive landscape of global produced water treatment systems market into treatment systems, mobile systems and rental service, and commissioning and consulting services.

Leading players in the treatment systems include Siemens Water Technologies, Alderley, Frames, Aker Solutions, Aquatech, Schlumberger, FMC Technologies, Veolia, Cetco, Eco-Tec, Thermoenergy, Ecosphere, MIOX, Ovivo, and Global Water Engineering.

Most of these companies are focusing on their USP to consolidate their position in the market. For example, Siemens is focusing on advanced biological wastewater treatment, whereas Aquatech is pushing low CAPEX and OPEX biological processes. Aker Solutions is aiming to appeal to end-use industries by providing end to end engineering solutions, whereas Veolia is known for its offshore produced water expertise.