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Market Ripe for New Entrants

The water and wastewater treatment equipment market in Saudi Arabia is poised to reflect immense growth potential amid increasing population and industrial output. High land desert cover, population growth, increased level of industrialization and increased government spending are the driving factors for this market. The period of study is 2009 to 2017 with 2012 as the base year and 2013-2017 as the forecast period. The research study is based on primary research with leading companies and extensive secondary research on macroeconomic factors. Drivers, restraints, and end-user segment overview coupled with market share and competitive analysis are the key metrics.

Executive Summary

• Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Water and Electricity (MoWE) has estimated that an investment of $X billion would be required in desalination projects over the next X years.
• Saudi Arabia’s government-owned company, the National Water Company (NWC), will invest $X billion in the total water and wastewater (WWW) treatment equipment market between 2013 and 2017.
• The project size for desalination is increasing every year in the form of mega projects (those valued at more than $X million).
• Groundwater usage is being minimized with plans to phase out wheat production by 2016 as a step and to adopt technologies for wastewater reclamation and reuse.
• Market competition is stable, with companies facing near to full order books. More than XWWW-related projects with a total valuation of over $X billion are underway.
• The total WWW treatment equipment market size was $X million in 2012, growing by X% as compared to 2011. The market is expected to witness stable growth between 2013 and 2017.

CEO’s Perspective

1. Wastewater reuse will gain substantial momentum in industrial belts and urban regions over the next three years.
2. Water transmission network upgradation is one of the key focus areas for Saudi Arabia’s Government.
3. Energy from renewable resources is the need of the hour for end users. Technologies using renewable energy will be appreciated in the market.
4. The market is ripe for new entrants as order books are full for the existing companies.
5. Companies like Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC) are investing in the water market outside Qatar.

Market Overview—Definitions

Time Line
Base Year: 2012
Forecast Period:
Short Term: 2012-2014
Medium Term: 2014-2016
Long Term: 2016-2017

Geographic Scope

• The market covered in this research service comprises WWW treatment equipment in Saudi Arabia.
• The scope of this project also includes WWW treatment plants. The WWW distribution network is outside the study’s scope.
• This study covers the breakup of revenue from WWW treatment equipment and highlights the key market drivers and restraints.
• The revenue is specified in US dollars ($).

Water Treatment and Desalination
• This process removes existing contaminants in water, or reduces their concentration so that the water becomes suitable for its desired end use.

Wastewater Treatment
• This process removes contaminants from wastewater and household sewage (both run-off effluents and domestic).
• The objective of this process is to produce environmentally safe fluid waste stream (or treated effluent) and solid waste (or treated sludge) suitable for disposal or reuse (usually as farm fertilizers).

Water Distribution Network
• This is an engineered system comprising hydrologic and hydraulic components that provide water supply.
• It typically includes facilities for water purification and storage, pumping stations, pipe network, and connections to sewers.

Wastewater Collection and Distribution Network
Sewage collection and disposal systems transport wastewater to sewage treatment plants to protect public health and prevent disease.
• Sewage is treated to control water pollution before being discharged to surface waters.
• Sewage can also be collected by low pressure pumps and vacuum systems.

• Softening: Water softening involves concentrating calcium, magnesium, and certain other metal ions in hard water.
• Cartridge Filtration: Cartridge filters are rigid poly vinyl chloride cores surrounded by filtration media. This filtration technology is suitable for removing microbes and reducing turbidity.
• Rake/defatting: Raking is a method widely used to remove vegetation and dregs from wastewater.
• Neutralization: Neutralization involves adding an acid or a base to wastewater to make its pH level 7.
• Sedimentation: Sedimentation is the process of allowing the fluid particles to settle down, after which they can be separated.
• Activation: Activation is the process of adding oxygen and organisms to the primary treated wastewater, which forms biological floc that can be easily separated.
• Anaerobic Treatment: Ideally suited for high strength wastewater, anaerobic treatment does not require any oxygen to decompose the organic content in wastewater.
• Multimedia Filtration: Multimedia filtration refers to the filtration process wherein three or more different mediums are used to filter water. The filtering medium can be anthracite, sand, garnet, and so on.
• Activated Carbon: Activated carbon is fine granular carbon having a large surface area, which can adsorb a large variety of contaminants from industrial and municipal wastewater.
• Ion Exchange: The ion exchange process involves a tank containing small beads and synthetic resins, wherein cations and anions are selectively adsorbed and in exchange, ions are released based on their relative activity with the resin.
• Distillation: Distillation is one of the oldest water treatment methods, in which the water to be treated is heated or boiled. The vapors are passed through condensing coils and the condensed water is stored in a vessel.
• Reverse Osmosis (RO): In reverse osmosis, the solution to be purified is pressurized in a chamber to reverse the natural flow of the solvent through a semi-permeable membrane. It removes many types of molecules and ions.

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

Is the market growing? How long will it continue to grow, and at what rate?
Are the existing competitors structured correctly to meet the demand for WWW treatment equipment?
What is the maintenance cycle of the equipment used?
How will the structure of the market change with time? Is it ripe for acquisitions?
Do the products/services offered meet customer needs or is additional development required?
Are the vendors in this space ready to go it alone, or do they need partnerships to take their businesses to the next level?

Table Of Contents

Analysis of the Water and Wastewater Treatment Equipment Market in Saudi Arabia
Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
2. Market Overview
3. Total WWW Treatment Equipment Market
• External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints
• Forecasts and Trends
• Market Share and Competitive Analysis
4. Water Treatment Equipment Segment Breakdown
5. Wastewater Treatment Equipment Segment Breakdown
6. Market Highlights
7. The Last Word
8. Appendix

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