Seawater and Brackish Water Desalination

Published - Jul 2013| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST052C
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Report Highlights

The global market for seawater and brackish water desalination plants is expected to reach $4.1 billion in 2013. The market is expected to grow to $7.2 billion in 2018 for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.9%.

Report Includes

  • An overview of the global market for seawater and brackish water desalination
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2010 and 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018
  • Descriptions of various desalination methods, including multistage flash distillation, multi-effect distillation, vapor compression, reverse osmosis, and nanofiltration
  • Discussion of novel desalination methods, including freezing, gas hydrate formation, membrane distillation, and capacitive deionization
  • Examination of the seawater and brackish water desalination plants industry on a worldwide basis, both from a market and application perspective
  • Profiles of major and minor companies working on desalination plants.


The study presents an overview of the technical aspects of the well-known thermal desalination methods (i.e., multistage flash distillation, multieffect distillation, vapor compression), membrane desalination processes (i.e., reverse osmosis, nanofiltration) and a few novel desalination methods (e.g., freezing, gas hydrate formation, membrane distillation, capacitive deionization).

Capital costs for various types of plants, as well as operating cost breakdowns, are given to illustrate the average expense of constructing various facilities. These cost estimates are then used to calculate market sizes. A review of proposed projects is listed in individual country outlooks, and estimates for regional desalination capacity additions, market sizes and predicted market growth rates are presented for five world regions: the U.S. and Canada, Europe, the Middle East/Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean.


During the past 16 years, Susan Hanft has authored more than 30 market research reports for BCC Research in the fields of membrane technology, water and wastewater treatment, and separations used in food and beverage manufacture, medicine, biotechnology, and the oil and gas industry.

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Published - Sep-2010| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST052B

Report Highlights

  • The 2010 market value for desalination plant equipment is estimated at $2.9 billion, rising at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.8%.  By 2015, the total global market worth is expected to reach $5.5 billion.
  • Sales of reverse osmosis (RO) equipment currently account for nearly 95%, or $1.4 billion, of the 2010 membrane-based desalination market.  Globally, RO is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.5% for desalination applications over the next 5 years to reach a value of nearly $3.2 billion in 2015.
  • Thermal desalination methods have been losing market share to RO for the past several years, a trend that is expected to continue. The market for thermal-based desalination equipment is estimated to reach nearly $1.4 billion by the end of 2010 and rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.7% to reach $2.2 billion in 2015.

Published - Jan-2008| Analyst - Susan Hanft| Code - MST052A

Report Highlights

  • The global market for seawater and brackish water desalination plants increased from $1.7 billion in 2005 to $1.9 billion in 2007. It should reach $3.7 billion by 2012, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.7%.
  • There are more than 24,000,000 M3/day of desalination capacity on the global drawing board, slated for construction in the next 5 to 10 years.
  • Water stress and shortage are the primary factors driving the market for desalination technology.

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