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The Produced Water treatment market in GCC countries has immense growth potential amid an increasing oil and gas output and ageing oil and gas fields. Ageing oil and gas fields, increased level of production, regulations for effluent disposal, socio economic stability, and water demand are the key driving factors for this market. The study period is 2012 to 2017 with 2012 as the base year and 2013–2017 as the forecast period. The research service 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

• Produced Water (PW) is the largest waste stream from hydrocarbon production. Daily water production volumes significantly exceed that of oil volumes. Globally, about X million cubic metres (mcm) of water are produced by the oil and gas (O&G) industry daily compared to about X mcm of oil produced daily.
• GCC countries generate about X billion cubic metre (bcm) of PW annually with Oman being the highest net PW generator. An average of $X– operation expenditure is incurred to treat one cubic metre of PW.
• PW needs to be treated as per the various regulations followed in the GCC. Proper PW treatment is highly important, as O&G wells need to be closed if the water cut (water to oil ratio) exceeds a certain limit depending upon economical parameters.
• PW treatment is a major area of research and development. PW Society (PWS), Global Water Summit, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), some water treatment companies, educational institutions, and government agencies are working to improve the existing standards of PW treatment.
• The total PW market was worth $X million growing at X% in 2012.

CEO’s Perspective

1. Low energy consumption technologies are being preferred in GCC.
2. Operation is the most profitable business for PW market participants. Entering into R&D agreement with O&G companies and developing technologies and products in-house can provide long-term operation contracts.
3. Kuwait is struggling to manage its PW and it is the right time to provide service in the country.
4. A large number of companies just supply equipment and then leave the market. The time is ripe for sustained presence in GCC.

Market Overview—Definitions

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

Geographic Scope
Saudi Arabia

• This research service covers the PW market in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
• GCC countries include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain.
• The scope of this research service includes treatment equipment market (new equipment and replacement market) and services market (operation and maintenance (O&M), monitoring).
• This study covers the breakup of revenue into various segments and highlights key market drivers and restraints.
• The revenue is specified in United States dollar ($).
• Monitoring Services: Equipment suppliers indulge in post sale services such as monitoring wherein an expert frequently visits the plant site to check the wear and tear of the plant and identifies components to be replaced. This has been addressed as monitoring service for the study.
• Replacement Services: If there is any wear and tear of a system component it needs to be either repaired or replaced depending upon the extent of damage. This service has been referred to as replacement services for the study.
• Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM): These are organizations that assemble components bought from different product suppliers.
• Product Supplier: Produce suppliers include manufacturers of different parts or components of a system.
• Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contractor: An EPC contractor undertakes the responsibility to deliver the entire project by sourcing different products or components from different product suppliers or OEMs. They do it either by themselves or sub-contracting a part of the project.
• Distributor: Companies have a distributor network to supply their products to different places. There are dedicated distributors who supply products of only one company as well as those who provide products of different companies.
• Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Contractor: MEP contractors undertake the air conditioning, fire safety, lighting, electrical wiring, sewage connection, and other similar activities.
• Produced Water (PW): During oil and gas extraction from wells, a lot of water accompanies the extracted oil. This is called Produced Water or Formation Water. Initially during the start of the production, the amount of PW is very less. Gradually it increases and can go to a limit when further separation of oil and water is not economical and the well is closed. PW is very saline and contains a large amount of particulate matter, hydrocarbons, and heavy metals, which must be separated before they can be safely disposed of.
• Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR): This is the process to decrease water cut in oil reservoirs.
• Primary Treatment: It involves the use of desanding hydrocyclones, deoiling hydrocyclones, skimmers, and so on to primarily separate the PW for further treatment in secondary and tertiary treatment processes.
• Secondary Treatment: This process conditions the PW for re-injection or further treatment in tertiary treatment. Technologies include induced gas flotation, aeration, sedimentation, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and so on.
• Tertiary Treatment: This step allows water purity to reach levels that will make the water fit for potable use or industrial applications. Technologies include Wallnut shell media filtration, reverse osmosis (RO), and so on.

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 customer needs?
What are the various competitive factors for growth in this market?
How will the structure of the market change with time?
Are the products/services offered currently meeting customer needs or is additional development needed?
Are the vendors in the space ready to go it alone, or do they need partnerships to take their business to the next level?

Table Of Contents

Produced Water Market Analysis in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries
Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
2. Market Overview
3. Total PW Market
o External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints
o Forecast and Trends
o Demand Analysis
o Market Share and Competitive Analysis
4. Treatment Equipment Segment Breakdown
5. Services Segment Breakdown
6. GCC Breakdown
7. Key Market Insights
8. The Last Word
9. Appendix

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