Produced Water Treatment Market - Drivers and Forecasts

Category: Investment, Water

LONDON - July 28, 2017 ( Technavio analysts forecast the global produced water treatment market to grow at a CAGR of over 5% during the predicted period, according to their latest report.

The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global produced water treatment market for 2017-2021. Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources.

The global produced water treatment market is highly dependent on global crude oil and natural gas production, which, in turn, is dependent on the global consumption of petroleum products and crude oil prices. Global liquid fuel consumption has been on the rise; however, global crude oil supply has been exceeding its demand in the past five years at an average of 1 mbpd of surplus production during 2012-2016.

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Technavio analysts highlight the following three factors that are contributing to the growth of the global produced water treatment market:

  • Increased produced water volumes in mature oil fields
  • Growing pressure on water resources
  • New exploration policies

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Increased produced water volumes in mature oil fields

Global crude oil and natural gas production have been on the rise, which has led to increased quantities of produced water. As an oilfield moves toward maturity, oil production starts declining while the volume of produced water increases. Therefore, the WOR in mature fields increases rapidly. The salinity of this produced water is extremely high, and has a high content of hydrocarbons, which are considered a hazardous waste; therefore, this produced water requires to undergo proper treatment or be disposed of.

Thanikachalam Chandrasekaran, a lead water and waste management research analyst at Technavio, says, "In 2016, the US was the largest producer and consumer of oil in the world. Most of the oilfields in the US have been producing oil for a long time now and are nearing maturity. Mature fields produce larger quantities of produced water. Moreover, shale gas production activities, which led to the increased production of oil and gas in the US, require vast amounts of water for hydraulic fracturing."

Growing pressure on water resources

The growth in population, urbanization, and industrialization have increased the demand for water and water resources worldwide. The share of freshwater resources is only a minor fraction of the total water present on earth. Two-thirds of the total freshwater present on earth is inaccessible as it is found in ice caps and glaciers.

"The growing demand for water, as well as the scarcity of fresh water sources, are compelling industries to focus more on the development of wastewater treatment methods, improved water management, and the use of alternative water sources. The water generated from the oil and gas industry can be treated by various methods such as reverse osmosis, filtration, distillation, and desalination, after which, it can be reused for various industrial purposes," adds Thanikachalam.

New exploration policies

In a move to attract companies to explore their oil and gas fields, countries such as Brazil, India, and Israel have made significant changes to their oil and gas exploration policies. To encourage investments in the oil and gas industry, the federal government of Brazil announced a change in its policies.

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