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Mena drives global desalination growth

Dubai, April 20, 2010

Global installed desalination capacity is expected to almost double by 2016, with the Mena region accounting for more than half of the expected growth, said a new report by Nomura, the leading Japanese consultancy firm.

At end 2009 estimated global installed desalination capacity was 69.8 million m3/day, and this is expected to almost double to 132.5 million m3/day by 2016. The Mena region which accounts for half of existing capacity, will drive 55 per cent of expected growth through to 2016, said the report.

'As a consequence, the desalination market is sizeable, and according to, it is set to be worth $105 billion over the 2010-16 period (capex costs), and we believe that 50-60 per cent will be directed towards the Mena region,' the report said.

'Cutting the capex spend by desalination type by region has the Mena region accounting for a little over half the total expected spend on reverse osmosis (RO) technology, but 95 per cent of the expected total spend on thermal technology. This is a function of the fact the Middle East has an abundance of gas resource that can be supplied cheaply, and the usual specification for thermal desalination in tenders, notably for IWPPs.

EPC services, O&M, membranes and pumps are the key areas of desalination business.

'Pumps are a key component of desalination plants. We estimate that the market for high-pressure pumps used in desalination plants worth $200 million in 2008 will expand to around $500 million by 2016,' the report said.-TradeArabia News Service

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