Middle East pump sales to top US$2 billion next year

The Middle East will spend nearly $2.2 billion for pumps next year according to market researcher the McIlvaine Company.

The researcher’s latest Pumps World Market shows oil and gas as the largest market accounting for 26% of the total. An equal amount will be spent by municipalities for water and wastewater (US$ 303 and US$ 242 million respectively) the report said. Desalination is according to McIlvaine, a “very big market,” in the region with Israel leading with a huge desalination programme.

“In a decade where total fresh water supply has been sharply reduced, Israel has built enough desalination capacity to easily supply its own demand,” said McIlvaine.

A trend toward increased use of reverse osmosis (RO) rather than thermal desalination was generating greater revenues. Pump expenditure is much greater in RO due to the high pressures intrinsic to the process.

Countries included in the totals were:
·Other Middle East
·Saudi Arabia
·Syrian Arab Republic
·United Arab Emirates