Water Market Insights
No. 102    June 13, 2014






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·       Multibillion Dollar Projects Are Major Portion of the Site Remediation Market

·       World Market for Treat, Transport and Test Market Will Exceed $387 Billion By 2015

·       Cross-flow Membrane Market to Exceed $11 Billion By 2016

·       Headlines for the May 30, 2014 – Utility E-Alert

·       McIlvaine Hot Topic Hour Registration







Multibillion Dollar Projects Are Major Portion of the Site Remediation Market

Of the tens of billions of dollars spent annually on remediation of contaminated sites, much of the total is generated by multibillion dollar projects.  This is the conclusion reached by the McIlvaine Company which publishes the Site Remediation Markets Newsletter and custom reports on remediation. (www.mcilvainecompany.com)

Just in the last month projects totaling over $9 billion have been finalized.

Project Name




($ Billions)


Areva, Mace and Atkins

Nuclear Waste


Passaic River

EPA , Diamond Alkali

River Sediment Cleanup


Anadarko Petroleum at Multiple Sites


Cleanup of Thousands of Contaminated Sites



Activity in the U.S. has peaked but remains at a high level.  China and a number of other countries are accelerating their programs.  In many countries, a big incentive is to reclaim land for purposes of new construction.  Another major incentive is to make available more water for human use. 

Some activities continue to generate remediation needs.  Dredging of rivers and harbors to compensate for silt deposition, along with dredging for new harbors, results in sediment which is very often contaminated.  This activity alone has created a billion dollar per year remediation market.

Accidents at nuclear power plants are creating both new and continuing markets.  The expenditures at Fukishima continue at a high rate.  It is expected that remediation will continue for decades.

For more information on Site Remediation Markets Newsletter, click on: http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/remediation

For more information on custom reports, please contact: editor@mcilvainecompany.com


World Market for Treat, Transport and Test Market Will Exceed $387 Billion By 2015

The world market for air and gas, water and other liquids flow and treatment equipment and services will exceed $387 billion in 2015 up from $367 billion in 2014.  This is the latest forecast in Market Air/Gas/Water/Fluid Treatment and Control: World Market published by the McIlvaine Company.  (www.mcilvainecompany.com)

Top of Form

World Treat, Transport Test Market ($ Billions)



Growth Rate






















Large companies such as Ecolab and Colfax have been expanding in the broader flow and treatment market.  Xylem is in the market and has segmented their activities into treat, transport and test.  McIlvaine has defined this market to include pumps, valves, compressors, liquid and air filtration equipment, biological treatment systems, treatment chemicals and all the related monitoring and control systems to move and purify fluids.

The growth in Asia this year is projected at 6 percent versus only 4 percent in Europe and 5.4 percent worldwide.  This is in real dollars.  Inflation is presently projected at 3.8 percent this year.  The aggregate revenues of the companies participating in this market are anticipated to rise to $402 billion in 2015.  Reported revenues are always in current dollars.  So, one must take into account inflation to fairly compare the forecasts with the actual results.

In general, this market is growing at 1-2 percent faster than GDP.  In part this is due to environmental regulations which add additional stimulus to the treat segment of the market.  Another factor is the switch from conventional natural gas and oil to nonconventional recovery.  The amount of treat, flow and test investment in a shale oil or shale gas extraction process is considerably greater than extraction from conventional sources.


For more information on Air/Gas/Water/Fluid Treatment and Control: World Market, click on:



Cross-flow Membrane Market to Exceed $11 Billion By 2016

The market for cross-flow membrane components and systems will exceed $11 billion in 2016.  This is the latest forecast in McIlvaine RO, UF, MF World Market. (www.mcilvainecompany.com)

Cross-flow Membrane Market ($ Millions)





 Micro Equipment


 Micro Membranes


 RO Equip


 RO Membranes


 UF Equipment


 UF Membranes


The largest segment of the market involves reverse osmosis (RO).  The less efficient ultrafiltration and microfiltration segments are smaller in the aggregate than the RO portion.  Desalination is the largest single application for RO systems.  Another large segment is residential.  China with poor quality drinking water in many locations is a major purchaser of small under the sink RO systems.

One of the largest applications for both microfiltration and ultrafiltration is in municipal drinking water plants. These cross-flow systems compete with the traditional granular media filters.  Ultrafiltration systems find use in food processing.  A growing application is in membrane bioreactor systems. Waste is subjected to biological treatment.  Membranes immersed in the treatment tank purify the treated water.  By combining both biological treatment and filtration in one process, the cost and size of the process is reduced.

There is a multibillion dollar market for replacement modules.  RO modules in desalination systems are replaced approximately every four years. The life varies from application to application.

For more information on RO, UF, MF World Market, click on:  http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/markets/2-uncategorised/120-n020


Headlines for June 6, 2014 – Utility E-Alert




#1178 – June 6, 2014


Table of Contents









·       Appeals Court rules Maryland PSC cannot subsidize Natural Gas-fired Development

·       DTE Energy (Detroit) issues RFP for Natural Gas, Combined Cycle Generation Facility

·       ODEC awards EPC Contract to White Oak Power Constructors for 1,000 MW Gas-fired Power Plant in Cecil County, Maryland

·       Construction begins on Marshalltown 650 MW Combined Cycle Gas-fired Power Plant




·       Toshiba receives Combined-Cycle Project Order from Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc. for Ishikariwan Shinko Power Plant Unit 1 Powered by GE/Toshiba Alliance

·       PacificLight Power launches 800 MW Gas-fired Power Plant on Jurong Island, Singapore







·       Shanghai Electric Group to buy Stake in ILFS Projects

·       Jaypee Power Ventures, Lanco Infratech, GMR Infrastructure, others looking to sell Power Assets to NTPC

·       Carbon Processing Facility, Biomass Power Plant Assets up for Auction in Hawaii

·       Haryana to set up Two Power Plants in Faridabad and Yamuna Nagar District, India

·       Winning Strategy for CO2 Reduction at Coal-fired Power Plants

·       Major Changes in the Scrubber Market Due to Hot Gas Option and Vapor Recovery




·       “Dry vs. Wet Cooling” was the Hot Topic Hour on June 5, 2014

·       “HRSG Issues (Fast Start, Tube Failures)” is “Hot Topic Hour” on June 12, 2014

·        Upcoming Hot Topic Hours



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McIlvaine Hot Topic Hour Registration


On Thursday at 10 a.m. Central time, McIlvaine hosts a 90 minute web meeting on important energy and pollution control subjects. Power webinars are free for subscribers to either Power Plant Air Quality Decisions or Utility Tracking System. The cost is $300.00 for non-subscribers.


See below for information on upcoming Hot Topic Hours. We welcome your input relative to suggested additions.





June 12, 2014

HRSG Issues (Fast Start, Tube Failures)

Lots of challenges to cycle 200 X/yr

June 26, 2014


$ Billions  Needed

July/August 2014

Boiler Feedwater Treatment

 Condensate Polishing for Peaking Turbines

316 B Water Issues

Gas Turbine Permitting Issues


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Bob McIlvaine
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