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Membrane Bioreactor Systems Market in the KSA, UAE and Iran, 2017

  • ID: 4411435
  • Report
  • September 2017
  • Region: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iran
  • 44 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
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Increased Policy Support for Water Recycling and Reuse Technologies. MBR Systems Are Direct Beneficiaries and Trend Is Set to Accelerate Rapidly Over the Future

Wastewater treatment, reuse and recycling are gaining prominence globally. The average length of the wastewater networks is much smaller than the water networks across regions. This shows that the Governments have focused on establishing water networks to provide clean water to various requirements.

With water mis-management, improper disposal of wastewater and low rates of water renewal, the focus is now shifting towards wastewater treatment, re-use and recycling. Membrane Bioreactors (MBR) systems for wastewater reuse and recycling are on a growth trajectory. The market is growing rapidly with China and the Middle East driving the growth momentum. Energy efficiency, an attractive payback period, and a prolonged life span are other factors adding to the growth.

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1. Advisory
Decision Maker’s Spotlight-Fastest growing technology in the global water industry, MBR is supported by policies aimed at encouraging recycle and reuse and decentralised solutions
2. Scope & Limitations

3. Market Overview: Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Systems

  • The Middle East MBR market is the 2nd fastest growing market globally
  • The Middle East is witnessing severe water stress, coupled with a clustered approach to infrastructure development. MBR solutions to witness growth

4. The KSA Market for Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Systems

  • Freshwater inadequacy in KSA is resulting in steep increases in spend on Water treatment, benefiting the MBR market potential
  • Demand for MBR systems to be driven by industrial zones and residential developments, as regulations relating to effluents evolve
  • Water companies in Industrial segment-Can upsell MBR with a RO system: recycled water used for boiler feed & cooling water applications. Higher degree of service capability required to meet water quality standards
  • Significant demand is seen across different capacity ranges; hence it is imperative for suppliers to concentrate on a broader capacity range
  • Industrial end users such as Saudi Aramco, SABIC etc. have been leaders in wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse. Segment to grow steadily
  • Wastewater recycling & reuse are 2 most ideal solutions to address critical issues of water security: will pave the way for increased use of MBR systems

5. The UAE Market for Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Systems

  • Ramping up for tourism, industrial zones, exports and Expo 2020 resulting in rapid increase in demand for water infrastructure solutions
  • The economy reflects a high degree of waste, and per capita water consumption. MBR has significant potential…
  • Low but steady growth in installed base of MBR systems makes the service business a highly attractive one
  • Diverse end-user segments will create demand for MBR systems in all capacity ranges up to 6,000 m3/day
  • Buildings & labour camps are major end-user segments: they are more amenable to decentralised wastewater treatment solutions
  • UAE at an inflection point with emphasis on sustainable growth outlined in the national vision plan; is a testbed for pilot plants related to WWT* and reuse.

6. Iran Market for Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Systems

  • To spend aggressively on accessing new technology for water treatment; post sanction removal to become fastest regional gainer in demand for water treatment solutions
  • Need to revamp ageing infrastructure, and deliver solutions for new developments are key drivers for MBR demand
  • Market over the next 5-Years-Water companies can gain recurring revenues by building a strong after-sales service team or give technical support to local partner as large installations are expected
  • Strong project management and installation capabilities are must-haves; adequate training support must be inculcated into local partner
  • MBR solutions market highly fragmented and complex to penetrate, with SMEs being the largest demand segment

7. Industry Value Chain and Customer Perception of MBR Systems

  • MBR technology providers must engage with key EPC contractors & consultants to adequately educate prospective end users on benefits of the technology
  • Customer confidence WRT MBR solutions has increased; Yet, challenges persist that have limited adoption from reaching true potential
  • Companies seeking an increase in share need to look at building capabilities to deliver complete solutions
  • Water companies should look at bundling the system sales with a long-term after sales services (O&M contract) to sustain revenues
  • MBR system suppliers to develop forward integration capabilities to provide installation & O&M services instead of supplying technology to EPC or other water companies
  • Largely dominated by domestic water treatment companies & EPC contractors importing MBR systems based on project requirements; lacks companies that can set adoption trends

8. The Industry going Forward

  • MBR with its versatility, modularity, & smaller footprint can effectively address water sector challenges as it produces less sludge & improves treated water quality
  • Technological innovations can play a significant role in sustainable growth of GCC/ME as region is at the forefront in embracing new technologies
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