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Desalination market in RSA to reach $166.6m by 2016 – New GWI report
South Africa will be spending $166.6m per year on building and operating desalination plants suggests a new report by Global Water Intelligence. This represents a 1075% increase on current expenditure according to Desalination Markets 2010*.
By: Global Water Intelligence
The forecast is based on the timing of proposed desalination projects in South Africa, and expectations of increased demand for water as a result of urbanisation, economic growth, and increased irrigation. Among the desalination projects on the horizon in South Africa are one at Plettenberg Bay and others for coastal cities including Cape Town and Durban.
Essentially the amount of naturally occurring fresh water in the world is constant – or even declining because of the over-exploitation of non-renewable ground water resources. Demand for water continues to grow as the need to increase agricultural production sucks up available water for irrigation, forcing urban water users to develop new resources. Overall global desalination capacity is expected to grow from 68.3 million m3/d at the beginning of this year to 129.9 million m3/d by the end of 2016. Full details can be found at www.desalmarkets.com.
Christopher Gasson, editor of Desalination Markets 2010, commented: “Last year’s drought has put desalination on to the agenda in South Africa. The challenge will be making the financial side of it work. Nobody wants to spend a lot of money on a desalination plant which you might not use except in a servere drought, but at the same time no one can control when a severe drought happens. It is going to be a growing business. My belief is that industrial users who cannot take risks with an unreliable water supply will push the market forward.”
Desalination Markets 2010 also illustrates that after years of falling costs, the price of desalinated water has started to rise again. There has been considerable progress in reducing the energy consumption of desalination plants, which has brought down operating costs, but the cost of building new plants is rising. This is largely due to extra spending to protect the environment, and the cost of more energy efficient equipment, the report finds. Five years ago the benchmark price for a thousand litres of desalinated water was around US$0.50, but today the best plants struggle to deliver water for less than US$0.60 per thousand litres. Despite this, water from a desalination plant is still less than one thousandth of the price of bottled waters.
*Desalination Markets 2010: Global Forecast and Analysis. The market forecasts in this report are based in part on an analysis of the 300 projects tracked by GWI in its Desalination Tracker each month, and in part on GWI’s research into supply and demand for water in each country. The forecasts are completed by marrying up the capacity forecast with DesalData.com’
The report can be purchased from Global Water Intelligence, price £1700. Contact Clair Blakeway cblakeway[at]
Besides Desalination Markets 2010, Global Water Intelligence publishes the IDA Worldwide Desalting Plant Inventory (now in its 23rd edition), GWI magazine’s Desalination Tracker (which provides updates on all major desalination projects worldwide), Water Desalination Report (a weekly newsletter for the desalination business) and DesalData.com (a complete online information service for the desalination industry) whose market forecasting service is widely accepted as the most authoritative in this industry. See http://www.desalmarkets.com/?
Press contact and Executive Summary available from
Ruth Newcombe: rn[at]globalwaterintel.com
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Global Water Intelligence publishes high-value business information for the water industry worldwide: GWI and American Water Intelligence monthly magazines; several desalination publications;