Water Market Insights

No. 115   September 12, 2014






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·       $3.2 Billion Centrifuge and Clarifier Market in East Asia In 2015

·       Power, Water and Wastewater Are Three Big Water Treatment Chemicals Markets

·       Game Changers for the Air/Water Treatment and Flow Market

·       Utility E-Alert Headlines –September 5, 2014

·       “Monitoring for Gas Turbine Combined Cycle Power Plants” - Hot Topic Webinar on September 18 at 10 a.m. Central

·       McIlvaine Hot Topic Hour Registration





$3.2 Billion Centrifuge and Clarifier Market in East Asia In 2015

The market for centrifuges, clarifiers, hydrocylones and gravity type oil separators will exceed $7.3 billion in 2015.  East Asia will lead the way with purchases of $3.2 billion. This is the conclusion reached in the latest update to Sedimentation and Centrifugation World Markets published by the McIlvaine Company.  (www.mcilvainecompany.com)

Sedimentation and Centrifugation Revenues ($ Millions)

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 East Asia


 Eastern Europe


 Middle East




 South & Central America


 West Asia


 Western Europe


East Asia is building large numbers of municipal wastewater treatment plants. These plants use decanter centrifuges, thickeners and clarifiers. The power industry uses clarifiers both on the intake as well as the wastewater. Hydrocyclones are used to separate the FGD gypsum in the scrubber systems utilized with coal-fired power plants.

A number of international suppliers are taking advantage of the large Asian market.  Centrifuge suppliers such as Alfa Laval and GEA are quite active in Asia.

The mining industry is a large purchaser of sedimentation and centrifugation equipment.  The markets in South & Central America and Africa are disproportionately high in mining projects.  However, Asia is also booming.  Under a recently signed €20 million contract, Siebtechnik has begun delivery of a set of 40 large-capacity centrifuges to a Chinese potash producer.

The chemical industry in East Asia is growing faster than in other regions. Various Chinese adipic acid manufacturers are buying Ferrum pusher centrifuges for these processes.

GEA is selling disk stack centrifuges in the growing oil and gas industry. These centrifuges can separate water in heavy oil emulsions.  They are also used for purifying produced water.

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Power, Water and Wastewater Are Three Big Water Treatment Chemicals Markets

The power industry will buy 20 percent of the water treatment chemicals purchased by industries around the world in 2015. This is the conclusion of the McIlvaine Company in its Water and Wastewater Treatment Chemicals: World Market

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 Oil & Gas




 Pulp & Paper








Within power the biggest sector will be coal-fired power. Treatment chemicals are needed for boiler feedwater, cooling, wastewater and flue gas treatment. Gas turbine combined cycle plants represent the fastest growing sector. There are many new plants under construction.  Also a number of peaking plants are being converted to combined cycle operation.

Power plants are frequently opting for wastewater treatment systems with no discharge to waterways. These zero liquid discharge systems use lots of treatment chemicals as well as heat for evaporation.

Municipal wastewater and drinking plants will purchase chemicals totaling $10 billion in 2015. The biggest growth is in Asia where many new plants are being constructed.

There are many chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas extraction.  However, these are not included as water treatment chemicals.  If they were included the $1 billion oil and gas sector would be much larger.

Paper making chemicals are not included in the pulp and paper segment, otherwise this segment would also be much larger.

For more information on Water and Wastewater Treatment Chemicals: World Market, click on:  http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/markets/27-water/449-n026-water-and-wastewater-treatment-chemicals



Game Changers for the Air/Water Treatment and Flow Market

There are a number of industry and technology variables which will impact the markets for treatment and flow of air, gas, water and other liquids.  Some of these game changers can affect the annual market by billions of dollars per year.  This is the conclusion of the McIlvaine Company in Air/Gas/Water/Fluid Treatment and Control: World Market.  (www.mcilvainecompany.com)

The energy industry has created a number of game changers. The most recent is a decision by China to convert massive amounts of coal into synthetic natural gas and gasoline.   Over 200 billion cubic meters of synthetic gas per year could be created in the western and northern coal fields and sent to Beijing and other large cities to provide clean burning fuels.

An equal amount of syn gas will be further processed into chemicals such as methanol and into high quality gasoline.  The impact on equipment markets is illustrated by a cooling tower order for $50 million which SPX received last week for one of the coal liquefaction plants.  This plant will use only 0.2 percent of the coal envisioned for the entire program.  So the total cooling tower market alone will be $25 billion.

Much of this program is very embryonic. It is possible that only a portion will be implemented.  But based on previous Chinese initiatives, the goals are likely to be achieved.

Extraction of gas and oil by unconventional means continues to be another game changer.  Shale gas/oil extraction in the U.S. continues to be a booming market.  The question is whether other countries will follow suit and when will they do so. 

Subsea processing is very dynamic with high pressures creating engineering challenges and many opportunities for suppliers of valves, pumps and materials.  There are many technology game changers.  The cooling tower design used by SPX for the liquefaction plant is a new design with minimum water loss.  Wet, hybrid and dry options are now available.  Air cooled condensers   consume lots of energy but do not require water.

Another game changer is the catalytic filter.  Removal of sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate all takes place in one vessel.  The heat from the clean hot gas can then be economically extracted.

Direct sorbent injection has been a game changer in the U.S. air pollution market.  It will reduce the expenditures for capital equipment but increase the market for the sorbents.

For more information on Air/Gas/Water/Fluid Treatment and Control: World Market, click on:  http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/markets/27-water/445-n064-air-gas-water-fluid-treatment


Headlines for Utility E-Alert –September 5, 2014



#1190 – September 5, 2014

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·       Springfield, MO Coal-fired Power Plant will invest $21 Million to meet MATS by April 2015

·       IPL plans to retrofit Five Units to meet MATS requirements

·       DTE helps further development of Mercury Emission Control Technology

·       Extension of Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Compliance Deadline for Muskingum River Coal-fired Power Plant

·       More than 100 MATS Extensions

·       Georgia Power asking Permission from State Regulators to shut down 15 Coal-fired and Oil-fired Generators

·       Costs of Coal-fired Power Plant Proposal challenged in New Mexico




·       Toshiba Consortium wins EPC Contract for Two 1,000 MW Steam Turbine and Generators in Malaysia

·       China to use Oasys Water Technology to treat Coal-fired Power Plant’s Wastewater from FGD

·       SBI, Japanese Bank Ink Deal for Uttar Pradesh Power Plant

·       Hubco to invest $1Billion in Coal-fired Power Plant in Karachi Sindh, Pakistan

·       $50 Million SPX Cooling Tower Order for Chinese Liquefaction Market shows the Huge Potential







·       Siemens to equip 902 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant in South Korea

·       Benco Energy to assist Federal Government of Nigeria in building a 700 MW Power Plant















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Monitoring for Gas Turbine Combined Cycle Power Plants” - Hot Topic Webinar on September 18 at 10 a.m. Central

This webinar will be both organizational and informative. It is all part of a whole knowledge system for gas turbine combined cycle plant operators--Gas Turbine and Combined Cycle Decisions .   The free website and periodic webinars empower the operators to buy the best products rather than the most familiar or least expensive. 

The webinar on the 18th will try to answer the question: What are the most important and difficult decisions you will have to make regarding air and water monitoring equipment and services? 


Panelists for Water Monitoring for Combined Cycle Plants on Sept. 18, 2014

Kai D. Rondum, Product Manager for Boiler Water Treatment at Ashland Water Technologies 

Joe Zimmerman, Director of Marketing at Chemtrac Systems, Inc.

Ken Kuruc, Manager of Industry Accounts, Fossil at Hach Ultra Analytics

David M. Gray, Senior Product Manager at Mettler-Toledo Thornton, Inc.  


On August 28 we conducted a webinar on Degasification and Demineralization.  One of the discussions was “Critical Measurements” by Jean Holz of Hach.  She described which measurements were needed at each point in the boiler feedwater and condensate return system. When asked about optical vs. electrochemical choices, she replied that the range of choices depend on the point at which you are measuring and whether you need to measure a few ppb or some higher number. She observed that dissolved oxygen is measured in three accepted methods: Winkler Titration, Clark Cell Electrodes and Luminescence-based Optodes.  LDO has proven to be the best choice except where you need to measure at very low levels. 

These are the types of pertinent questions that the operators want answered.  Others would be:

With fast start HRSGS and constant cycling what instrumentation solutions will counter some of the negative consequences of this operating mode?

What are the water chemistry issues facing GTCC operators which are unique to this type of power generation? Which require continuous measurement and which can be measured periodically?

What are the monitoring needs if zero liquid discharge technology is mandated? 

What other questions are GTCC operators asking?

This webinar is free for power plant owners and operators.

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