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.

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

McIlvaine Company

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.

More articles on this topic

Accelerating Change: World Water Day 2023

30.03.2023 -

The United Nations is calling for action on the occasion of World Water Day. 2023 marks the mid-term for the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, such as SDG 6 on the global availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation.

Read more